- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A nationwide sting targeting gangs has found that North and South Carolina are among the top areas in the country for such activity.

Media outlets report that than 1,100 people were arrested during Project Shadowfire, a five-week federal operation targeting drugs and human and sex trafficking.

Authorities announced Monday that more than 900 of those arrested were gang members.

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the largest number of arrests were in Los Angeles, followed by San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Carolinas, where 69 people were arrested, were third. Seventeen of those arrests were in South Carolina, the rest in North Carolina.

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