Twenty-three individuals, one of which included a female corrections officer, were taken into custody during several searches that were carried out as part of a gang sweep in Stockton, California and Reno, Nevada.
The suspects were arrested on Wednesday in a multiple-location search for North Side Gangster Crips (NSGC) members, identified through Operation Ceasefire.
During the probe, investigators determined that members of the gang were involved in numerous shootings, robberies, weapons violations, and narcotics sales, KCRA reported.
The investigation indicated that gang members would purchase large amounts of heroin, weed, prescription pills and promethazine in Stockton, and then transport the drugs to Nevada, where they would distribute them at higher prices than they could in Californi.
Several gang members were also purchasing guns in Nevada through straw purchasers and either selling the guns in the city or possessing the firearms to support gang activity.
Investigators executed warrants at 16 locations in Stockton and six places in Reno, which led to 12 arrests in Stockton and 11 in Reno — eight were reported NSGC members, one was a Norteno gang member, and one was a corrections officer in San Joaquin County.
Six firearms were seized in Stockton, and seven were discovered in Reno, in addition to weed, cocaine, heroin, prescription pills, bottles of promethazine and over $38,000 in cash.
“I want to reinforce that the groups, who commit acts of violence in our community, will continue to be identified and be the focus of law enforcement, as was the case with the NSGC,” Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones announced in a written statement. “While the results of this investigation made the city safer, I’m committed to these operations and investigations in the future because getting gang members, criminals, weapons and narcotics off our streets is an on-going process to make Stockton the best it can be.”