81 Busted in LA Gang Sweep

Rancho San Pedro gang dealt 'crippling blow'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2011 2:24 AM CDT
81 Busted in LA Gang Sweep
ATF and Los Angeles Police officers stand by a display of people arrested and weapons confiscated during raids targeting gang members in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles,   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – "Slick," Scrappy," "Boner," "Toker," "Fat Boy," and scores of other gangsters have been taken off the streets of the Los Angeles Harbor area after a series of massive raids. More than 1,300 federal and local police officers arrested 81 gangsters after "Operation Pirate Town" targeted the Rancho San Pedro gang, the Contra Costa Times reports. Gang members are accused of murders, drug dealing, and weapons sales.

The raids have dealt a "crippling blow" to the 40-year-old gang, boasted the top federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. Beyond the arrests, an injunction has been served banning some 300 gang members from associating with one another, intimidating anyone, using drugs or alcohol, or carrying firearms. The city is also suing property owners who allowed gangsters to sell drugs and guns in their buildings. (Read more Los Angeles stories.)

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