19 arrested in gang sweep
Authorities say the suspects — all believed to be members of the Norteno gang — were taken into custody Wednesday when law enforcement officials from various agencies served warrants on 10 different locations.
During the sweep, authorities say they seized eight firearms, including a MAC-10 submachine gun, a sawed-off shotgun, some ammunition and police scanners.
Two small marijuana growing operations were also found, along with a small amount of methamphetamine and scales.
Stanislaus County prosecutors say those arrested are facing a series of charges, including possession of methamphetamine for sale, participation in criminal street-gang activity, illegal weapons possession and violating parole.