03/09/2009

More than 500 LEOs involved in 'Taliban' gang police sweep

By James Temple
San Francisco Chronicle

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SAN FRANCISCO — A joint task force of more than 500 law enforcement officers conducted a massive sweep across the Bay Area over the last two days, arresting dozens of alleged members of what police call one of the most violent gangs in the South Bay, including a popular rap artist.

The Taliban gang is a group of mostly young men that emerged in 2002 around East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, police said. Members were booked into custody on suspicion of various offenses, including homicide, armed robbery, and trafficking in methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and weapons.

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