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Authorities launch gang takedown arresting 53 members of the Mexican Mafia in Los Angeles

June 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities launch gang takedown arresting 53 members of the Mexican Mafia in Los Angeles (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Authorities arrested several dozen people in a massive gang takedown targeting the Mexican Mafia and Corona Varrio Locos gang in East Los Angeles on Thursday, the California Attorney General’s Office announced in a statement.

The raids are a result of a joint investigation involving the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation Special Operations Unit Southern California team, Corona Police Department, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force.

On Thursday, three hundred members of law enforcement across Riverside County arrested 52 gang members and secured 67 firearms, including semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles, $100,000 in cash, and quantities of methamphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana, all of which had an estimated value of $1.6 million.

“The large amounts of narcotics, currency, and most importantly, the large cache of weapons seized, will no doubt disrupt the criminal gangs’ enterprise, thus making our communities that much safer,” the police chief of the city of Corona, Michael Abel, said.

“A sharp blow has been dealt with the Mexican Mafia that’s constantly working to extend their criminal enterprise in this region,” said Derrick Marion, the chief of the CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety.

According to the AG’s Office, the investigation targeted the Corona Varrio Locos street gang, a SureƱos affiliate operating in Southern California which includes the city of Corona and the surrounding areas of the Inland Empire, Fox News Latino reported.

The Corona Varrio Locos take orders directly from the Mexican Mafia criminal organization also referred to as “La Eme,” a gang that was founded in the California prison system.

Furthermore, the investigation also led to seizures inside the state prison system, where the Mexican Mafia also conduct illegal criminal activities, with assistance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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