Dozens arrested in California gang crackdown

It's the latest in a series of recent raids targeting affiliates of the Mexican Mafia


Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The FBI says dozens of people have been arrested in California in a crackdown on gangs with ties to the Mexican Mafia.

A joint federal, state and local task force served search and arrest warrants Wednesday in Orange County for crimes ranging from extortion to soliciting murder.

TV reports showed heavily armed teams taking heavily tattooed men into custody.

The raids followed a 2 1/2-year investigation.

It's the latest in a series of recent raids targeting affiliates of the Mexican Mafia, a prison gang believed to be deeply involved in drug- and gun-running.

Last month, 10 people were arrested in Los Angeles and in May, 13 people were arrested in a crackdown along the Central California coast.

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