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Authorities conduct gang sweep in Indio

Hundreds of law enforcement officers swept through the Riverside County city of Indio early Tuesday morning rounding up gang members and others with outstanding warrants and searching their homes, authorities said.

The officers, who came from across Southern California, targeted 450 locations of known gang members, authorities said. The number of people taken into custody was not disclosed.

Dist. Atty. Rod Pacheco said in a written statement that the operation "sends a clear message to the hundreds of gang members that call Indio their home." Along with officers from the Indio Police Department, investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took part in the 10-month investigation.

Indio, south of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, is home to close to 700 known gang members, most of whom are covered by a "gang-injunction" lawsuit filed by the district attorney’s office prohibiting them from associating with other gang members, wearing gang clothing or flashing gang signs.

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Nearly one known gang member for every 120 known residents.

Great job.

I'd call this looks a lot like the ***NEW*** ZOOT-SUIT-RIOT of 2010, vice 1941.

Juarez is not a neighborly place to live either - the cartel/gang murder capitol on our texas border.

Thank you Rod Pacheco for doing such a fantastic thing for the Coachella valley and California.

Regards,
Stan
USN, Ret.
Coachella Valley

Those gang members that are deportable because of aggravated felonies in their record should be deported forthwith according to law.


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