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Gang members on 'holiday' arrested at Studio City club [Updated]

June 11, 2009 |  8:11 am

Several gang members celebrating a “gang holiday” were taken into custody today for warrants and parole violations during a police raid at a nightclub in Studio City, authorities said.

At least 17 members of the Rolling 60s Neighborhood Crips were taken into custody for parole violations, including associating with other gang members, said Sgt. Dan Horan of the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Gang Enforcement Unit. His unit led the raid after receiving a tip about the party.

At least three others had outstanding warrants, and five were arrested for probation violations, Horan said. The Los Angeles City Attorney's office has a gang injunction against the Rolling 60s that severely limits members' activities.

The raid began shortly after 1 a.m. today at Platinum Live near Ventura Boulevard and Tujunga Avenue. Undercover officers were observing the party and moved in when they began to smell marijuana smoke at the front door, Horan said.

The club had been rented for June 10 because the month and date are associated with the gang’s name. Members were celebrating the "holiday," police said.

The gang's turf covers neighborhoods along Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles, Horan said.

[Updated at 2:15 p.m.: A previous version of this post said the L.A. County district attorney's office had an injunction against the gang.]

-- Ruben Vives