Four Ariz. agencies crack down on gangs


By Nathan Gonzalez
Arizona Republic

MESA, Ariz. — Despite a recent “surgical” attack on members of the East Valley's 22 identified gangs, Mesa Police Chief George Gascón said authorities will never eradicate the groups at the root of often costly and violent crime.

The chief made the comments Thursday after announcing that gang task force officers arrested 80 suspected gang members during a 10-day crackdown that began Oct. 15. In addition to Mesa, “Operation ‘Can't Miss'” included detectives from Tempe, Scottsdale and Chandler with Maricopa County adult probation, juvenile probation and the juvenile division of the county attorney's office.

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