San Bernardino County’s largest gang case ends with 61 people jailed

By Matt Hamilton / LA Times
January 10,2015

victorville gang policeThe largest single gang prosecution in San Bernardino County history ended last week with the sentencing of 25-year-old Cherish Velez.

The Apple Valley woman, who was ordered to spend 16 years in prison on assault and drug charges, was the 61st person with ties to the East Side Victoria street gang to be put behind bars, prosecutors said.

The years-long effort by prosecutors has stymied a gang that mired the high desert town of Victorville in drugs and violence since the late 1960s.

“They were committing everything from burglary and drug crimes to murder,” said San Bernardino County Dist. Atty. Michael A. Ramos, whose office led the crackdown. “We finally had enough.”

The East Side Victoria gang had pledged allegiance and paid tribute to the Mexican mafia, funneling money in exchange for protection in prison. But the sustained prosecution weakened the transnational gang’s grip on the Inland Empire, prosecutors said.

No trials were held — all 61 gang members and associates pleaded guilty, and the deals struck with prosecutors amount to 485 years in prison.

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1 Comment for “San Bernardino County’s largest gang case ends with 61 people jailed”

  1. Obbop

    A civil society would end this madness. Know street gang members when PROVEN guilty of being a thug and a menace to civil society would be hanged in public for all to see.

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