38 arrested, guns seized in South L.A. gang sweeps

By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
1:33 PM PDT, July 24, 2008
Federal and local lawenforcement officials arrested 38 gang members and confiscated dozens of weapons in South Los Angeles this week, culminating two separate investigations stemming from an upsurge in violence in the Baldwin Village neighborhood earlier this year, authorities said today.

The arrests of members of the Black P-Stone Bloods and Rollin’ 20s Crips took place in early morning sweeps Wednesday and today, said John Torres, special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The arrests were for various charges of narcotics and firearms sales and possession.

“Here’s a message to the gangs: We’re ready to take any gang, anywhere, any time,” Torres said at a noon news conference.

Other agencies involved in the sweeps included the Los Angeles Police Department and the offices of the U.S. attorney, the Los Angeles County district attorney and the Los Angeles city attorney.

Assault weapons confiscated by authorities included AK-47s, Tec-9s and Uzis. City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said some of the firearms were purchased at gun sales in Arizona and wound up in the hands of gang members two days later.

“That’s faster than an internet transaction,” he said.

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