14 alleged white supremacists arrested in O.C. sweep
Fourteen alleged white supremacists have been arrested and more than two dozen firearms seized by law enforcement agents in Orange County, authorities said Thursday.
The sweep, called Operation Stormfront, was touted by authorities as being the largest such raid ever made in Orange County involving federal, state and local law enforcement agents.
The agencies joined forces in a covert sting to buy guns, drugs, credit profiles and other fraudulent items from members of various alleged white supremacist criminal streets gangs, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. The gangs were not identified.
“It is our policy not to name the gangs,” said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office. “By naming them, it gives them notoriety.”
The investigation yielded three related indictments against the 14 defendants, involving extortion, conspiracy, solicitation of aggravated assault and murder, the district attorney's office said.
Of the 27 firearms seized, one was identified as a gun used during an attempted murder being prosecuted in Orange County, authorities said.
The suspects -- 13 men and one woman -- face maximum sentences of life in state prison.
-- Ann M. Simmons