13 arrests in gang crime sweep
NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 27, 2013 —
The West Sacramento Police Department just announced an operation this morning in which about a dozen warrants were served — all but one of them in West Sacramento — after an investigation into a string of vehicle and residential burglaries in town.
Lt. David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department said about $20,000 in illegal drugs — including methamphetamine and marijuana — were seized, along with cash, an assault rifle and other guns.
“Any time we take guns off the street and drugs off the street, that’s a victory for us,” Delaini told a press conference at about noon today. “You can see the weapons with lights (mounted) on them and you seem some stabbing weapons,” he said, referring to a table of seized items spread out for the press.
Following is a copy of a press release about this operation from the West Sacramento Police Department:
“The California Department of Justice, Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET) and The West Sacramento Police Department conducted a collaborative investigation into a burglary ring, stemming from over 80 residential burglaries and 51 vehicle burglaries from December 2012 to present. These burglaries extended throughout the city and outlying regions. One state arrest warrant and 12 state search warrants were executed today in an attempt to recover stolen property. The investigation has resulted in 13 arrests, three assault rifles, four handguns, (several of which were recovered stolen), an active honey oil lab, five pounds of marijuana,1/4 pound methamphetamine, ammunition, and body armor. Additionally, three locations contained children who were removed by CPS due to their access and proximity to the firearms and drugs. Everyone arrested will be booked into the Yolo County Jail and juvenile hall.
“The operation in West Sacramento was named ‘Operation Red Bandits’ because the members of this burglary ring have been identified as active members of the Norteno criminal street gang.
“‘Operation Red Bandits’ targeted young, street level members who have been committing violent crimes including robberies, home burglaries, car jackings, brandishing firearms and shootings in and around the Sacramento region. Many of the members identified have prior arrests for firearm related charges. These gang members and associates have supported their gang life style through illegal sales of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as stolen property. These street level gang members have been identified and range in age from 16-20 years old.
“Those arrested face multiple felony charges related to possession of narcotics, narcotics sales and distribution, conspiracy, property crimes (burglaries, possession of stolen property), and violent crimes against persons (ie robberies, carjackings, brandishing and firearms). Today’s operation will cripple these criminal street gangs and their criminal enterprise network.
“West Sacramento Police Department and YONET were assisted by CHP SWAT and High Risk Warrant Entry Team, Department of Justice Task Forces (Placer SIU, MAVMIT), Davis Police Department SWAT, FBI SAFE Streets Task Force, West Sacramento Police Department SWAT, Woodland Police Department SWAT, Yolo County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the Yolo County Gang Task Force.”
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