Dozens arrested in predawn gang sweep by LAPD, federal agents
Los Angeles police and federal agents arrested dozens of suspected gang members in a predawn sweep of the L.A. Harbor area, authorities said.
Officers descended on various Carson-area neighborhoods about 2 a.m. Thursday, police said. LAPD officers were joined by agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, among other agencies.
The raid was the culmination of a 2 1/2-year investigation into gangs that used the neighborhood as the hub of illegal activities across the region, Channel 4 reported.
The Los Angeles Harbor area has been the focus of police looking to break the grip of by gangs that have become deeply entrenched in neighborhoods around Carson.
In 2010, the LAPD and federal law enforcement targeted the Harbor-Gateway area of Los Angeles in a sweep, which netted more than 60 arrests, that they said was "aimed at breaking the back of the distribution network of illegal drugs and weapons."
That operation, in turn, was an outgrowth of arrests in 2008 targeting street gangs in the "ghost town" area of Wilmington.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Image: A six-month summary of crime in Carson. Credit: Crime L.A.