12 alleged gang members indicted in drug trafficking probe
Federal authorities have indicted 12 alleged gang members in San Bernardino County, accusing them of a major role in the county's narcotics trade.
The defendants are alleged to be members of the California Garden Crips and the Delmann Heights Bloods -– both longtime San Bernardino gangs on the city’s west side. Nine were arrested Thursday morning, one was already in custody and two more remained at large.
The indictment culminated a year-long undercover investigation in which informants allegedly bought marijuana, methamphetamine and crack cocaine from the defendants in San Bernardino and Rialto, according to a federal indictment.
If convicted, seven defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison; another five face sentences of up to 40 years in prison, authorities said.
Anderson was already in custody. All the others are in custody except Thomas and Jackson, who were still being sought.
The investigation was conducted by federal agencies -- the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -– together with San Bernardino police and San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies.
-- Sam Quinones