Attorney General mounts major gang crackdown in Salinas

April 23, 2010

Law enforcement officials arrested 37 members of two separate street gangs, responsible for more than three dozen murders and 200 shootings in Salinas and surrounding areas. [Attorney General’s Office]

The mass arrest on Thursday, coordinated through the office of state Attorney General Jerry Brown, involved more than 200 agents of the Gang Suppression Enforcement Program  and other agencies.

The eight-month operation targeted gang members believed to be the most dangerous in the Salinas area. Agents also seized 40 pounds of cocaine, 14 pounds of marijuana, nine ounces of meth, $34,000 in cash, and a dozen guns. An additional 57 gang-related arrests had been made previously.

More than 40 federal and state search warrants were served in the sweep, which included neighborhoods of Salinas and San Jose. Figures show that Salinas currently endures a violent crime rate three times the national average.

The two gangs are believed to have ties to Mexican drug-trafficking organizations.


One Comment

  1. Saveslocounty says:

    Give me a break, pleeeezzzzee. The article title should be “Jerry Brown Posts His Name on Everything in an Effort to Get Elected as Governor.” The jackass has done nothing in office as the Attorney General and all of a sudden wants to be tough on crime.

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