ORANGE COUNTY, CA (The San Jose Mercury News) – A major gang crackdown involving a variety of state and local agencies, and aimed at disrupting Mexican Mafia operations in Orange County, has yielded 85 arrests and taken “middle management” gang leaders off the streets, officials announced Wednesday.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference in Santa Ana that the three-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Scarecrow,” was a joint effort that teamed up the state Department of Justice, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.
The investigation focused on the Sureños street gang in Orange County and its criminal activities directed by the Mexican Mafia. In addition to the arrests, the operation netted 36 firearms, 14 pounds of methamphetamine and three pounds of heroin.
“We will continue to hold accountable those who terrorize our communities and jeopardize our public safety,” Becerra said. “All families in California deserve to know that their loved ones, especially their children, are safe.”
Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes said the operation – one of the largest in county history – resulted in the arrests of many “middle management” gang members and prevented a number of violent crimes, including …
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