Major gang bust in Santa Maria
May 8, 2010
Santa Maria police arrested dozens of gang members in a sweeping crackdown on gangs, drugs and violence. [KSBY]
On Thursday and Friday, police arrested 35 members of the West Park Criminal Street Gang at numerous locations throughout the area. Charges include conspiracy, transporting cocaine and methamphetamine and possession of explosives and firearms.
Law enforcement officials from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties helped with the round up. More than 150 officers assisted in serving 40 search warrants.
Police seized 25 pounds of marijuana, 5.5 lbs. of methamphetamine, 2 ounces of cocaine, 23 firearms, 4 pipe bombs and $74,000 in cash.
The West Park Gang has around 800 members with ages ranging from 14 to 40. Additional arrests are expected in the days and weeks to follow.