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Thursday, April 10, 2014

12 arrested in gang sweep

Stockton RecordA gangland sweep Wednesday rounded up leaders of what police are calling one of Stockton's most notorious gangs.

The months-long investigation ended in a series of raids spanning the streets of Stockton, a home in Los Angeles and a cell in San Quentin State Prison, according to the Stockton Police Department. By the end of the day, 12 people were arrested on suspicion of committing a host of crimes, from robbery to human trafficking to gang-related offenses.

Among them were leaders of the Sutter Street Crips, a gang operating in the neighborhoods around California and Park streets.

The gang has been a "menace" to the community, and Wednesday's action showed the Police Department's commitment to stopping violence, Police Chief Eric Jones said in a statement.

The enforcement was part of the city's Operation Ceasefire, a method of targeting violent crime by focusing on the city's most violent groups. It's a double-pronged approach to combating violence.

It starts with "call-ins," when gang members are brought together to meet with police and community leaders. They are offered help to find other options to committing crimes, but they are also told they could expect a concerted response from law enforcement if they don't change their ways. continue reading...

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