Riverside County law enforcement officers joined state agents today in carrying out a sweep targeting Mexican Mafia gang members and their associates throughout Southern California, netting 47 arrests and sizable drug seizures.
“These arrests are a significant step in pushing back against the gangs and cartels that continue to spread crime and misery across our state and region,” Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. “The District Attorney’s Office was proud to support the efforts of the California Attorney General and all our law enforcement partners in this important operation.”
According to the D.A.’s office, 18 of the 47 people taken into custody will face charges in Riverside County.
At least two people were taken into custody in Moreno Valley, while most others were arrested in Riverside and its environs, according to state and local officials.
The arrest warrants alleged a range of offenses, including solicitation to commit murder, assault with a deadly weapon, narcotics trafficking, firearms violations, extortion and conspiracy for the benefit of a criminal street gang, according to California Attorney General Javier Becerra.
“There’s nothing more important for any family than securing the peace of mind that the neighborhood our children play in and that we work in is safe,” Becerra said. “We took a step in that direction with today’s arrest of gang members and seizure of firearms and drugs in Southern California. Today’s bust is a prime example of law enforcement working together at all levels to
put criminals behind bars.”
Investigators seized three dozen firearms — including assault-type weapons — 12 pounds of methamphetamine, three pounds of heroin, 120 pounds of marijuana, 60 pounds of cocaine and $35,000 in “criminal proceeds,” according to Becerra.
The raids were the result of a joint investigation by the Special Operations Unit of the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation, the Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force, the Riverside Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
None of the suspects’ names were released.