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Six arrested in roundup targeting area gangs


first_img“When we serve a search warrant, we go into these homes and often times there are children,” Munoz said. “There’s drugs, weapons, firearms and narcotics lying around, and DCFS comes in after us and oftentimes they will place a child – basically rescue a child – from that environment.” The sweep comes after a surge in murders in the Industry Station’s jurisdiction last year, putting the station third in gang slayings behind crime-infested areas patrolled by the sheriff’s Compton and Century stations. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Early morning police raids in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties on Wednesday netted suspected gang members, firearms and thousands in cash, sheriff’s Industry Station deputies said. The sweep – which took place at 16 locations in Chino Hills, Fontana, Bassett, West Valinda, Pomona, and county land bordering West Covina – is part of an ongoing gang-suppression effort in response to recent murders and shootings in the Valinda Corridor, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said. The search warrants targeted members of the Bassett Street gang and the West Side Pomona gang, and six suspects were arrested on a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges, deputies said. “We were actually pretty happy with what we recovered,” Operation Safe Streets Sgt. Sal Munoz said. In addition to the arrests, deputies found several handguns, a rifle, a small amount of narcotics, and an “undetermined sum” of money. “It’s still being counted, but it’s well over $30,000,” Munoz said. “We take a high-profile, strong stance against these gangs so that people can walk down the streets, go to the parks, and go shopping without fear of a drive-by shooting, without being terrorized by these thugs,” Munoz said. But deputies said they could not discuss which murder cases, shootings and assaults they believed the six arrestees were linked to, nor several other details of the sweep. “We don’t want to reveal the crimes we believe them to be involved in because then we will alert \ to what we are doing and looking for,” said OSS Lt. George Zagurski. The morning operation involved several agencies and stations, including the sheriff’s Walnut Station, the Pomona Police Department, the county Probation Department, and the county’s Department of Children and Family Services. last_img

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