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2 alleged gang members arrested with cash, weapons, 5,000 Ecstasy pills

June 10, 2011 | 10:12 am

Two alleged members of the notorious Wai Ching gang have been arrested after a traffic stop in the San Gabriel Valley led to the seizure of cash, weapons and 5,000 Ecstasy pills, officials said Friday.

Jimmy Chau, 22, and Andy Lin, 30, were being held on suspicion of narcotics trafficking after the Wednesday evening traffic stop.

Deputies pulled Chau’s vehicle over at a parking lot near Rosemead Boulevard and Longden Avenue in Temple City, where Chau “appeared very nervous and displayed some unusual behaviors, prompting the deputies to investigate further,” detectives said.

Shortly after, deputies found 2,000 Ecstasy pills.

The discovery lead investigators to get search warrants for Chau’s home in San Gabriel and another in the 9000 block of Longden Avenue in Temple City. Inside the Longden Avenue home, they found another 3,000 Ecstasy pills.

They also seized a handgun, a shotgun, a bullet-proof vest, a small amount of methamphetamine, several assault rifle parts, live bullets, gang-related materials and several thousand dollars in cash.

Lin, of Temple City, was arrested on suspicion of narcotics trafficking and weapons charges at the home.

Chau was being held on $30,000 bail, Lin on $100,000 bail.

The Wah Ching gang originated in San Francisco in the early 1960s and by the middle of that decade had begun operating in Southern California, mainly in Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.

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-- Richard Winton

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