FBI launches approach of the Mexican mafia
Warrants were served as part of Operation Dirty Third, which was aimed at the Mexican mafia’s control of the Los Angeles County jail system.
More than 80 members of the “cold-blooded” Mexican Mafia have been charged with running a drug operation in Los Angeles County jails and in the Pomona, California, area, authorities said Wednesday.
Their crimes included ordering acts of violence, authorities added.
‘Mexican Mafia’ crackdown
In an operation the FBI dubbed “Operation Dirty Third,” a total of 83 suspects were charged by a federal grand jury, under the two federal extortion charges that were unsealed Wednesday, the Prosecutor of the V. S. Nicola Hanna’s office announced.
More than 500 law enforcement officers conducted an “operation” Wednesday morning that resulted in 32 arrests. Thirty-five others were previously in custody and another 16 people were refugees who were believed to be “armed and dangerous.”
Hanna, the prosecutor of the V. S. for the Central District of California, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said at a press conference Wednesday that the operation was “a major blow to a violent and notorious prison gang in our country.”
The Prosecutor of the V. S. Nicola T. Hanna, Central District of California
The leaders of the “gang of gangs” of being behind bars, controlled drug trafficking and violence, both within the prison and on the streets, a indictment claimed. A lawyer and a number of women identified as the secretaries also allegedly helped facilitate activities outside prisons.
‘MEXICAN MAFIA’ CRACKDOWN RESULTS IN 85 ARRESTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
“This Mexican Mafia members and employees, to cooperate for the control of criminal activities within LA County jails), have their own entity or enterprise, and effectively functioning as an illegal government”, an indictment said.
The gang is an organization of the “cruel” captured street-level leaders who control the drug trafficking activities and to retaliatory violence both within and outside of California prisons and houses of detention.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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