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20 arrested in probe of Riverside street gang

The multiagency investigation into violence and drug trafficking targeted the 1200 Bloc Crips gang, which has been involved in drug dealing and other crimes for more than 50 years.

August 11, 2011|By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
  • A photograph of Riverside police near a crime scene in 2010.
A photograph of Riverside police near a crime scene in 2010. (Los Angeles Times )

Twenty members and associates of a Riverside street gang were arrested Wednesday as part of a multiagency investigation into violence and drug trafficking, authorities said.

The operation targeted the 1200 Bloc Crips gang, which has been involved in drug dealing and other crimes in the city for more than 50 years.

Agents and officers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Riverside Police Department were involved. Increased illegal activity by the gang in the last year prompted the six-month investigation that led to the arrests.

Authorities said the reputed gang members and their associates were arrested on suspicion of state and federal firearms violations and on parole violations.

robert.lopez@latimes.com

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