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Feds arrest 37 Mexican Mafia gang members on firearms and drug trafficking charges in Southern California

March 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds arrest 37 Mexican Mafia gang members on firearms and drug trafficking charges in Southern California

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A federal investigation in California targeting the Mexican Mafia prison gang indicated that members stored weapons, including AR-15s, and drugs near local schools in Southern California.

Federal law enforcement officials conducted dozens of raids against 37 members and associates of the Mexican Mafia and its affiliates working out of North County, San Diego to interrupt the flow of illegal drugs and weapons.

According to the Justice Department press release, the operation was launched in mid-2016 and has been carried out with the use of wiretaps, surveillance operations, and controlled drug and gun purchases.

Feds say the gang operated in the close vicinity of local schools

The investigation indicated that several of the group’s stash houses where they stockpiled weapons and drugs were located feet away from elementary and middle schools.

In recent days, federal officials, with assistance from state and local law enforcement officers, carried out various busts to apprehended 27 of the 37 members indicted on multiple drugs and gun trafficking charges.

Ten co-conspirators remain at-large and are considered fugitives.

Investigators added that the members would distribute heroin, meth, and fentanyl that they would acquire from their drug cartel contacts in Tijuana, Baja California.

“We have a special resolve to go after gangs that have the audacity to operate on the boundaries of our schools, where children play and learn,” said U.S. Attorney Adam L. Braverman. “The gangs are always on our radar, but when they endanger our most precious and vulnerable population – our children – we will act decisively.”

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