Feds Crack Down On Gang Violence In Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ (KCBS) – A five-month long federal investigation that targeted gangs in Santa Cruz has taken several dozen suspected gang members off the streets and secured their arrests. Operation Southern Exposure has been a success, according to police.

The program began in May when Santa Cruz Police Chief Howard Skerry asked for help from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the DEA to help deal with a surge in brazen street violence, including the slaying of two teenagers that crossed paths with suspected gang members.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:


“We have a problem in our community; we’re not going to stand for this anymore. The community is outraged by what’s going on as is law enforcement,” said Skerry, the former police chief who retired September 1st.

On Thursday, police announced the results of their efforts which included the arrest of 42 suspected Sureno and MS-13 gang members, plus the seizure of 10 handguns and a variety of illegal drugs including nearly 4,000 pills of ecstasy.

Police say they are thrilled with their federal partnership and expect it to continue under the guidance of Interim Chief Kevin Vogel.

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Comments

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  1. Padraig says:

    THESE ARE THUGS WHO DELIGHT IN KILLING PEOPLE…LET’S TAKE THEM OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC AND JUST DUMP THEM…AFTER ALL THEY ARE SIMPLY TRASH

    1. Timmay says:

      Uh, wouldn’t that put you in the same category?

  2. JOHN J SIINO JR says:

    IF NOT RAKEN CARE OF NOW….GOODBYE TOURIST TOWN AND ECONOMY

  3. JOHN J SIINO JR says:

    TAKEN……..SORRY

  4. ollie says:

    I love how they have task forces in cities that don’t matter. Let’s try Oakland next time… idiots.

    1. ROSS says:

      OH and Oakland Matters more than Santa Cruz? and you call them idiots?
      Santa Cruz is a great start–I agree though , lets move to San Jose, Oakland and Richmond too.

    2. Sam Mallory says:

      HAHA Ollie how about Oakland start caring for itself. You elect the officials that rape you’re town. You can not pay for cops or security and when one does there job you riot and pillage you’re own shops. In Oakland you have legal American’s and the Feds can not really do anything smart guy. In Santa Cruz you have an explosion of Mexicans , C. Americans , and S. Americans. Federal agents can bust them on immy status.

  5. Over it! says:

    Up your’s Ollie! Cities that don’t matter? We have more gang related crime per Capita here, in a small BEACHTOWN of 55,000! I think that makes it way more important than Oakland. I’m beyond sick of it, and obviously so are our citizens. Thank you Feds, finally something I can be proud of!

  6. ALBERT says:

    ITS ABOUT TIME I COULDNT WALK WITH OUT SOME SUENOS TALKING SMACK ALMOST GO JUMPED ONCE TOO WHEN I WAS 16

  7. Mr Merciless says:

    Talk with PG&E about having a little gas explosion at their hood house and take them all out.

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