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3 arrested in gang raids connected to Lakers victory unrest

August 13, 2009 |  9:11 am

Three people were arrested early this morning in countywide raids connected with the unrest that broke out in June following the Lakers' NBA championship victory, authorities said.

The 6 a.m. raids involved at least two dozen sites, said Lt. Erik Ruble of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's transit services bureau, which provides law enforcement services for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Deputies are targeting a specific South L.A. gang, whose members are suspected of damaging several buses, rail cars and other MTA property during the downtown riots, Ruble said.

The three arresting this morning were nabbed for parole violations unrelated to the street violence, he said.

-- Ruben Vives

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