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Authorities arrest 20 violent gangbangers in two unrelated gang raids in Ventura, Oxnard, and Riverside County California

June 18, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities arrest 20 violent gangbangers in two unrelated gang raids in Ventura, Oxnard, and Riverside County California

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Separate gang raids conducted by federal, state, and local authorities resulted in the arrests of 20 reputed gang members in California on Thursday.

Over 80 officers executed search warrants at eight different locations throughout the  Ventura County and Oxnard areas on Thursday, arresting ten suspected gang members on charges including possession of illegal firearms, drugs, and violent offenses.

The gang-takedown was the result of a month-long investigation into a criminal street gang responsible for numerous robberies and violent assaults, KEYT reported.

Officials had to utilize SWAT teams for the raids because of the violent nature of the group.

Authorities recovered 13 firearms, including a Mac-11 assault pistol, two high-powered assault rifles, and six handguns.

(Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

Among the suspects arrested included:

Florentino Rodriguez, 28, of Ventura
Joshua Magdaleno, 18, of El Rio
Gerald Silva, 21, of El Rio
Anthony Salas, 20, of Oxnard
Jeffrey Magdaleno, 23, of El Rio
Jose Diaz, 46, of Oxnard
Rodger Willoughby, 43, of Somis
Jose Diaz, 46, of Oxnard
Jose Aguilera, 18, of Oxnard

(Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

Police officials said investigators are working to determine the origin of the weapons. Two 16-year-old juveniles were also among the suspects arrested in Thursday’s gang raids.

The same day authorities in Riverside County, California, arrested another ten suspected gangbangers in similar unrelated predawn gang raids

Deputy Desert Hot Springs Police Chief Jim Henson said in a statement that the arrests were the culmination of a year-long investigation targeting members and associates of a single gang.

Over two hundred law enforcement officers swarmed two dozen locations in Hot Springs around 6 a.m., arresting ten purported gang members and parolees while seizing seven weapons, high-capacity magazines, and over 500 rounds of ammunition, The Desert Sun reported.

Authorities say all of the suspects are residents of Hot Springs.

Mugshots of arrests made during the DHS gang sweep. (Photo: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

The sheriff’s office identified the suspects and their charges:

Raul Guzman, 37, possession of an assault rifle
Rosalinda Guzman, 36, possession of an assault rifle
Joshua Felix, 19, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle
Anthony Fuentes, 26, being a felon in possession of a firearm
Missael Garcia, 20, possession of a high-capacity magazine
Steven Zarate, 26, being a felon in possession of a firearm
Julio Arrez, 34, parole violation, being a felon in possession of ammunition
Anthony Michado, 24, parole violation

An unidentified juvenile suspect was also arrested for firearms possession.

These guns were confiscated Thursday during a gang sweep in Desert Hot Springs. Ten suspects were arrested. (Photo: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

Henson refused to identify the group to avoid notoriety but stressed that the suspects targeted were “active gang members.”

“If you take (10) individuals out of the organization, it puts a dent in crime in your city,” Henson said.

All ten suspects remain in custody without bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, California.

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