Governor Abbott and Steve McCraw announce Laredo’s first anti-gang center

Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 3:41 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - A center that will combine all members of law enforcement to fight organized crime and cartels in Laredo was announced on Monday morning.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and DPS Director Steve McCraw paid a visit to the Gateway City to unveil the city’s first ever anti-gang center.

Officials also spoke candidly about the recent violence seen along the border.

The building will house members of the DEA, FBI, and ATF to work with our local law enforcement and prosecutors to dismantle criminal organizations.

This is the first time the City of Laredo has a place where different agencies can collaborate to fight crime.

Steve McCraw called the new center a key milestone.

The center will focus on both sides of the border.

There will be agents on the Mexican side keeping active communication with our local law enforcement.

“Multiple agencies come together and work together to try to investigate where the crime is in our community and follow up with the different technology in collaboration with the different agencies in our community,” said Acting Police Chief Steve Landin. “They’re all housed together so it’s easy to communicate and see similarities in different cases and they share information and it helps us track down the people that are out there doing things they shouldn’t be doing.”

Also known as a Tag center, this is state funded through the governor’s office.

There are currently nine other anti-gang centers across Texas.

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