Nov 22, 2020 – SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday the arrest of 50 people, the seizure of four firearms and illegal drugs including methamphetamine and heroin and over $ 40,000 in a shutdown of suspected members of the Aryan Brotherhood and Fresnecks Street Gang in Fresno County. The arrests were the result of an investigation by the California Department of Justice, the Fresno District Sheriff’s Office, the US Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Bureau, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Office of Correctional Safety ( CDCR), the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and the District Attorney for Fresno County.
“Working with local, state and federal law enforcement partners, we identified and killed suspected members of two criminal organizations with a history of violent crime in Fresno and across California.” said Attorney General Becerra. “The success of this operation shows how multi-agency collaboration can help protect our communities. Thank you to everyone who made this operation a success. “
The Aryan Brotherhood and Fresnecks are violent organizations with significant resources that they use to buy, own and distribute firearms and controlled substances. These groups are also responsible for home invasions, murders, kidnappings, large-scale identity theft and fraud, and other violent crimes in Fresno County and across California.
As of November 19, 2020, law enforcement officials executed 26 search warrants and 65 arrest warrants in Fresno County, Los Angeles County, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, and Tulare County. In the course of the investigation into the Aryan Brotherhood, Fresnecks and their associates, 102 people were arrested and 47 firearms, 89 pounds of methamphetamine, 5.75 pounds of heroin and US $ 136,156 were seized.
The California Department of Justice participated in this investigation through the Special Operations Unit – a joint investigation between the California Department of Justice and the California Highway Patrol that enables state-wide enforcement to combat violent professional criminals, gangs, and organized crime groups, along with domestic drug traffickers. Leveraging the latest technology and advanced investigative techniques, these unique and indispensable teams work with local law enforcement agencies to improve investigations into violent criminals and organized crime across the state.
Under the leadership of Attorney General Becerra, the California Department of Justice has made persistent efforts to work with local law enforcement agencies across California to crack down on gang activity and have made hundreds of gang-related arrests. These joint actions include:
- In May 2017, an operation against subgroups of the Sureño criminal street gang and their criminal enterprise led by the Mexican Mafia prison gang in Merced county;
- In June 2017, an operation occurred that arrested people, including validated gang members of the Sureño gang, one of the most violent gangs in San Bernardino County.
- In November 2017, an operation was carried out that killed gang members of the Mexican mafia and members of the Mexican drug cartel in counties Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange.
- In December 2017, an operation broke out in Stockton that arrested people including members of the MOB, Flyboys, East Coast Crips, Conway Gangsters, the Sierra Vista Project and the Glock Team gangs.
- An operation against criminal street gang MS-13 active in the Central Valley and several states in August 2018;
- In October 2018, an operation to dismantle Riverside County’s largest street criminal gang;
- In June 2019, an operation was carried out against street gangs in Norteño who were involved in criminal activities in Counties Kings and Tulare.
- An operation in July 2019 as part of an effort to dismantle suspected street gang activity in Norteño, Stanislaus County;
- In November 2019, a takedown operation against the Norteño street gang in Stockton;
- In December 2019, an operation against the criminal activities of the Country Boy Crips street gang in south Bakersfield; and
- In January 2020, an operation against criminal activities of the criminal street gang Casa Blanca Gangster Crips was carried out in the neighborhood of Casa Blanca in the south of Riverside.
Source: CA. DOJ