GILROY (CBS/AP) – Agents have made more than 100 arrests in the most recent action by California authorities to dismantle gangs in the state.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the results of the 18-month long operation on Friday at a news conference in Gilroy.

Harris said the majority of the 103 people arrested in the last three days were gang members with prior convictions. The arrests were made in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

Among the charges facing the suspects: auto theft, gun charges, narcotics sales and burglary. Some also were arrested on federal indictments.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Earlier this year, Harris announced several gang takedowns in the Central Valley resulting in dozens of arrests and gun and drug seizures.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen participated in Friday’s news conference and said his office played a key role in the operation.

“We provided legal advice and numerous search warrants. Our bureau of investigation assisted in arresting many of the suspects,” he said.

Rosen said there were over 125 state arrest warrants for auto theft, insurance fraud and gang activity and that several of the suspects are “career criminals” under the three strikes law.

“We’re very proud of working with our state and federal prosecutors to successfully combat gangsters who are a cancer in our community,” Rosen added.

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Comments (5)
  1. Tours Martel says:

    Now if only something could be done with the gun traffickers in Washington, D.C. Somehow I doubt that we’ll be hearing from our Senators anytime soon on that subject. Remember the hue and cry about Watergate? No one died then, too bad it isn’t the same now.

  2. Tim Giangiobbe says:

    You wouldn’t pick on a sweet innocent banger WOULD YOU ?
    AS much as I HATE the DRUG WAR I hate Street sales much more.
    Theses sweeps dismantle some of the CITIZENS who cause issues outside bars all the time over stupid ass COLORS.
    Amazingly many of the NON GANGSTA citizens approached by the angry GANGSTA are astonished that this IDIOT has such a SMITTEN for a COLOR that they would KILL for it.
    Rural citizens don’t want to have this phenomenon in their HOODS and fear this.
    Can you blame them ?
    Of course some of this entire GANGSTA mentality is fueled by POWER and FAME and was CREATED by BAD POLICY.
    The legal policies are as stupid as the gangstas policies.
    The thugs work hard to get a REP and then REGRET IT quickly and want out and away from the INSANITY especially if they have an INKLING of humanity left.Some thugs start a family and SUDDENLY the world looks different when that BABY ARRIVES but find it hard to EXIT and when they DO find the exit door it is marked COFFINS ONLY.
    The Drug War and PROHIBITION is responsible for the proliferation of gangs.
    Alcohol is the PERFECT example of how prohibition of any substance doesn’t work and when repealed the THUGS GO AWAY.
    When booze was repealed in 1933 the CRIME RATE DROPPED 70 percent within 8 months.NO KIDDING !!
    FACT !!
    Now the RAND REPORT is stating that CANNABIS DISPENSARIES are great HARM REDUCTION and instead of embracing this THE Obama administration and Eric Holder is at war with medical cannabis and IGNORING the RAND report..
    They are stating the greed needs to be stopped.
    I AGREE about that sentiment a little myself FEDS greed does suck BUT the change and DROP IN PRICE will come when REEFER MADNESS is REPEALED.
    Once again the perfect example is booze.
    The PRICE of booze just before 1933 was absurdly high.
    AS MUCH as ten bucks a quart for MOONSHINE and MORE.
    In 1933 that was a lot of money.
    The RICH had BOOZE the POOR were served dangerous concoctions of WOOD ALCOHOL and booze.IT was as sick as the CRACK COCAINE CONCOCTIONS today with all the medical implications.
    Does anyone see a pattern ?
    Get the GIST ?
    I hope so !
    Time for COMMON SENSE
    Tax and Regulate Cannabis Just like Wine
    Check out Steve Kubby on FACEBOOK and his ideas he has GREAT ENERGY.

  3. Steve Rhoades says:

    50% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens .
    The Senate, Congress should protect the interests of Americans, not illegals .
    Push your state representative to make a change.
    Google this: NUMBERSUSA .
    Once you are registered, go to the “action board” to send FREE faxes to your state representative .
    They are all typed up and ready to go, you just need to click your mouse to send.

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