From the Daily News:
The MS-13 gang's plot to murder a federal agent in New York has triggered a fierce crackdown - a blitz of predawn raids that have netted nine arrests.
"If they believe it's business as usual to threaten one of our agents, or any other agent, they're going to find out they're very wrong," said James Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of investigations for the New York office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"Our response is going to be swift, decisive and overwhelming."
It's not just tough talk.
The Daily News witnessed some of the raids earlier this week, watching as hundreds of agents fanned out across Queens and Long Island in search of dangerous gang members.
In a parking lot in downtown Flushing, ICE agent Jason Molina convened a last-minute meeting with his team about their destination.
"It's a white house. There's no numbers on it," an agent said.
When they reached the stucco home on 146th St., the agents quickly secured the perimeter.
MS-13 graffiti was scrawled on the rear wall and a large butcher knife protruded from the doormat near the basement.
Two men heading to work were detained until their immigration status could be checked.
"Have you ever heard anything on the street about threats MS-13 put out against law enforcement?" Molina asked them.
A reputed MS-13 member was sleeping in the sparsely decorated apartment. There was a tattoo of rosary beads - a gang symbol - on his neck and chest.
He claimed he had never heard of MS-13 but was arrested for being in the country illegally.
Officials said nine gangsters and associates were arrested in the raids, including one believed to be part of the assassination conspiracy.