San Bernardino crime: 180 arrested in massive investigation into violent Westside Verdugo street gang

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) – An investigation into the trafficking and distribution of weapons has led to the dismantling by several law enforcement agencies of a San Bernardino gang with a history of violence and crime throughout the Empire within.

“The people of San Bernardino can go to bed tonight knowing their communities are safer,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said at a press conference Thursday.

State and local authorities on Wednesday arrested members and associates of the criminal street gang Westside Verdugo.

In June, the San Bernardino Police Department enlisted the help of the California Department of Justice’s special operations unit to investigate the gang’s activities.

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“Based on intercepted communications, law enforcement has recorded and identified multi-criminal plots to include organized hijackings of Amazon delivery vehicles in numerous criminal assaults,” said department chief David Green. San Bernardino Police Station.

The Special Operations Unit, along with other local law enforcement and the district attorney’s office, made 180 felony arrests, closed 30 illegal gambling establishments, and seized 92 handguns, 19 handguns. assault as well as money and illegal drugs.

“Throughout this investigation, numerous violent crimes were prevented, intercepted, including shootings and armed robberies, and the evidence gathered during the investigation also helped solve two homicides in the region. “Said Bonta.

The extent of the seizure and arrests shows what officers face in their fight to reduce crime.

“Not only is the community grappling with violent crime, our officers are facing an increasing number of assaults. They are facing more heavily armed and dangerous suspects,” Green said.

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