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Suspected Mexican Mafia, gang members arrested in San Diego

January 25, 2012 |  4:01 pm

Authorities arrested more than 100 suspected gang members and associates throughout San Diego County on Wednesday morning as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged racketeering, firearms trafficking and drug distribution coordinated by the Mexican Mafia.

Among those charged are two alleged high-ranking members of the Mexican Mafia, who are accused of overseeing the criminal activity, and 117 suspected members and associates of San Diego County street gangs, who allegedly paid "taxes" to the Mexican Mafia.

The charges were detailed in 17 indictments and eight criminal complaints filed by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego. In early morning raids at homes throughout the county, federal and local officials arrested 104 of the suspects, including the Mexican Mafia members. Fifteen suspects remain at large.

The arrests mark "one of the largest single takedowns in San Diego FBI history," said Keith Slotter, the FBI’s special agent in charge in San Diego.

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-- Richard Marosi in San Diego

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