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Authorities conduct gang sweep in Indio

December 7, 2010 |  2:33 pm

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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