- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A surge in violence in parts of El Paso prompted a crackdown by police that has led to more than 100 arrests over a two-week period.

Police patrols were increased in the northeast section of the city following a spate of violence that included gang feuds that led to fatal shootings of two men and the deadly stabbing of a teenager.

Police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told the El Paso Times that by focusing on minor offenses such as broken lights on vehicles, police sought to deter more serious crimes from occurring.

Traffic stops over the two weeks led to arrests for offenses that included illegally possessing firearms and drugs.

Police say more than 830 people were questioned and 380 vehicles were checked. Authorities also issued 176 traffic and other citations.

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