12 Arrested, Drugs, Guns Seized in ‘Mexican Mafia’ Crackdown
A major crackdown on the notorious “Mexican Mafia” resulted in the arrest of twelve alleged gang members in a joint operation led by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The arrests were made early Wednesday morning, signaling a significant blow to the criminal organization.
The operation, known as “Operation Wipe Out,” targeted gang members suspected of trafficking illegal firearms and narcotics throughout the harbor area.
The investigation, which began in 2020, extended beyond street-level criminals and reached into the upper ranks of the Mexican Mafia.
Law enforcement officials executed multiple search warrants across the South Bay region, as well as in locations as far away as Bakersfield.
One of the twelve suspects was already in custody prior to the operation.
During the operation, authorities seized a substantial cache of firearms, including ghost guns and semi-automatic weapons.
Additionally, law enforcement officials recovered a significant amount of illegal narcotics, including fentanyl, a potent opioid responsible for countless overdose deaths.
In a press conference held earlier today, LAPD Harbor Division investigators and FBI representatives provided details on the successful joint investigation.
They emphasized that this operation was part of broader efforts to combat the rampant drug trafficking of fentanyl and the illegal firearms trade.
“These mid-level and low-level drug dealers are central to our efforts here.
They may not be the big players, but they contribute to the overall scourge of fentanyl drug trafficking,” stated a law enforcement official.
“Similarly, our focus on firearms is essential.
The ATF is actively involved in numerous investigations related to gun trafficking.”
The FBI has also released photos of three outstanding fugitives: Fernando Nava, Eliana Zepeda, and Ramon Gonzalez.
Authorities have urged the public to come forward with any information regarding their whereabouts.
The arrested individuals now face both federal and local charges, reflecting the severity of their alleged crimes.
The coordinated efforts of the LAPD and the FBI have undoubtedly made the streets safer, striking a significant blow to the influence and operations of the Mexican Mafia.
Reporting live from San Pedro, Kimberly Cheng for KTLA 5 News provides these details on the operation that has dealt a severe blow to the criminal activities of the Mexican Mafia.