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38th Street Gang Bust: 57 Arrested, Drugs & Weapons Seized

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The LAPD, DEA, and ATF joined forces early this morning to conduct dozens of arrests of members of the 38th Street Gang gang, as part of a massive indictment against the criminal organization on federal charges, according to the Department of Justice.800 officers arrested a total of 57 people, of which 37 are defendants named in the indictment. The indictment "alleges a host of violent crimes, large-scale drug trafficking and extortion of both drug dealers and legitimate businesses." The other 20 arrests were for state weapons and narcotics charges; 14 people named in the indictment were already in custody, while seven remain fugitives.

Also netted in today's raid was "approximately seven kilograms of cocaine, one pound of methamphetamine, 23 firearms and approximately $250,000 in cash."

The 38th Street Gang is considered one of the region's oldest.