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Fifty arrested in Riverside gang crackdown

January 27, 2010 |  3:33 pm

An armada of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies swooped down on the leadership of Riverside's most notorious gang Wednesday, making 50 arrests and seizing a small arsenal of weapons.

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco, standing before a table with two caged rattlesnakes and a large number of guns and knives, said 650 officers targeted 100 homes throughout the neighborhood. The main target was the decades-old East Side Rivas, which has links to the Mexican Mafia and has been implicated in hate crimes. But members the 1200 Blocc Crips also were arrested. The two leaders of the East Side Rivas escaped.

The seized weapons including AK-47 assault rifles and armor piercing bullets.

"This unprecedented operation is part of my ongoing promise to bring hope and restoration to the people of Riverside," Pacheco said.

-- David Kelly in Riverside