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SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today the arrest of 30 gang members in the Tracy area.
The arrests come one day after Attorney General Harris announced the arrests of 101 leaders and members of two transnational gangs operating violent criminal enterprises in the Central Valley cities of Madera, Los Banos, Livingston, Merced, Atwater and Dos Palos.
"Today the Department of Justice delivered another blow to the criminal gangs that have been making inroads into California's Central Valley," said Attorney General Harris. "The arrests we have made over the past few days send a message to the individuals who are bringing drugs and guns into our communities. This conduct will receive swift and certain consequences."
Press conference of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announcing dozens of arrests in major central valley gang takedown
LOS BANOS — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrests of 101 leaders and members of two transnational gangs operating violent criminal enterprises in the Central Valley cities of Madera, Los Banos, Livingston, Merced, Atwater and Dos Palos.
"As transnational gangs traffic crime into California, we must counter their ruthlessness with our resolve," said Attorney General Harris. "The arrest of dozens of transnational gang leaders and members frees California from a significant criminal threat."
The operation, code-named "Red Zone," was led by Attorney General Harris' Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement office in Fresno. It is the latest in a series of actions the Attorney General has taken against transnational gangs.
SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the successful conclusion of a major law enforcement sweep that shut down a father-and-son-led criminal operation connected to violent transnational and prison gangs that dealt in narcotics and firearms in Butte, Glenn, Sacramento, Placer and Yuba counties.
"As long as violent gangs continue to wreak havoc up and down California," Attorney General Harris said, "my office will continue to partner with local law enforcement to shut them down and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law."
As part of an operation code-named "Mario Brothers," a joint task force of more than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement agents led by Attorney General Harris' Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement concluded an investigation into a drug-dealing ring with connections to the criminal street gang known as the Nortenos, which has ties to the vicious prison gang Nuestra Familia.
SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the successful conclusion of Operation Red Reach, a coordinated law enforcement sweep that shut down a network of local and transnational gangs that dealt in narcotics and firearms, homicide and fraud in western Contra Costa County and nearby areas.
"We are fighting transnational gangs from one end of California to another," Attorney General Harris said. "With the cooperation of local and federal law enforcement agencies, we're going to outmuscle, outsmart and undo them."
San Pablo Police Chief Walt Schuld added: "Exceptional collaboration among the California Department of Justice, local law enforcement, and the FBI has resulted in the successful dismantling of this violent street gang involved in high-level drug and gun trafficking. Our community is much safer due to the tireless efforts of the agents and officers."
SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today testified in a state Senate committee in support of a pair of bills that will assist her efforts to fight transnational gangs that are fueled by gun violence and the drug trade.
One of the bills, SB 819 by Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, would dedicate funding to a unique California program that confiscates firearms from people legally barred from possessing them, including convicted felons and persons determined to be mentally unstable. The state Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms estimates there are 18,615 armed prohibited persons possessing 34,708 handguns and 1,579 assault weapons in the state.
The second bill, SB 315 by Sen. Roderick Wright of Inglewood, would make products containing pseudoephedrine - a key ingredient in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine - available only by prescription.
Press conference of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announcing the creation of a new task force in Tulare
TULARE — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the creation of a multi-agency gang task force in the Central Valley. The task force includes representatives from the California Department of Justice, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Tulare Sheriff's Department and the Visalia, Porterville and Tulare police departments. It will focus on investigating and arresting criminal gang members.
"With the creation of this task force, the Department of Justice is better positioned to assist and support Central Valley law enforcement as they strive to combat criminal gangs that are gaining footholds in local jurisdictions. These criminals operate without respect to city and county boundaries and it's incumbent upon us to combine our efforts to defeat them," Attorney General Harris said. "In light of the state's budget crisis, greater collaboration between state and local law enforcement agencies also makes sound fiscal sense."
The creation of the task force is part of the Attorney General's broader effort to use the weight of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to convene and support local law enforcement in combating transnational gangs throughout the state. Attorney General Harris made the announcement during the first in a series of region-by-region zone meetings attended by members of the law enforcement community from Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.
IMPERIAL — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today the addition of four Department of Justice special agents to a multi-agency task force in Imperial County that targets the activities of transnational gangs, from street level crime to major international conspiracies.
"Violent gangs don't respect borders any more than they respect the law," Attorney General Harris said, "but the collaborative efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have already made great strides in combating gang-related crimes along the border. My office is committed to doing whatever it takes to protect the citizens of California from gang violence and drug-running."
Organized gangs represent a serious public safety threat in California and their crimes - from drug dealing to gun violence to premeditated murder - reverberate throughout the state.
SACRAMENTO — On the eve of her trip to a crime-plagued border region of California, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released the 2009-2010 annual report for CAL WRAP, a program that provides millions of dollars for the relocation of witnesses in cases that send gang members to prison for committing violent crimes including murder, rape, and kidnapping.
The California Witness Relocation and Assistance Program, or CAL WRAP, demonstrates a close collaboration between the Attorney General's Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence, which runs the program, and local District Attorneys, who prosecute the cases and relocate witnesses. Thirty-three District Attorneys around the state participated last year.
In the last fiscal year ending in July, the program provided $4,636,300 in reimbursements to local District Attorneys for 870 witness relocation cases. That included 375 new cases, of which 304 (or 81 percent) were gang related. The new cases involved 418 witnesses and 689 family members.
YUBA CITY — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today the arrests of five members of a white supremacist gang based in Yuba County. The gang members were arrested on charges of smuggling heroin into Susanville State Prison in the glue strips of letters mailed to inmates associated with the "New Order" gang.
Each glue strip contained nearly one gram of heroin, which is worth about $500 inside prison - five times its street value. According to arrest documents, the drug shipments were used as barter or to curry favor with other white supremacist inmates from groups such as the Aryan Nation or Nazi Low Riders.
"Today's operation demonstrates the criminal ingenuity of inmates and their associates outside of prison walls," Attorney General Harris said. "This operation successfully attacked the criminal activity at its root. To ensure the safety of our neighborhoods and law enforcement officers, we must be vigilant about combating gang activity wherever it occurs."