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120 arrested in major gang sweep

March 28, 2009|Associated Press

Law enforcement officials from nearly three dozen agencies have conducted a major gang sweep in this Riverside County town.

Riverside County Dist. Atty. Rod Pacheco said Friday that the sweep was the largest in the county's history and involved nearly 700 officers from local, state and federal agencies.

Officials made at least 120 arrests and conducted 185 probation searches and 100 parole searches, according to preliminary numbers from the Desert Sun newspaper.

Police also served two gangs with a gang injunction notice.

The sweep began at dawn and was aimed at controlling gang violence.

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