UPDATED 3:25 PM PT — Tuesday, November 19, 2019
50 alleged members of the Norteños street gang in northern California are behind bars, thanks to a major operation led by the Department of Justice. The arrests were announced on Tuesday, following a three month investigation in Stockton.
Members of the gang are suspected of several crimes, including attempted murder and robbery. Police also seized more than 40 guns and about 25 pounds of illegal drugs. Detectives said the operation also helped them identify suspects in the shooting of a 10-year-old child.
“This just shows that this is dangerous work and these are dangerous offenders that we’re dealing with here,” stated Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones. “These assailants and these vehicles were on their way to commit a homicide…so I am very proud of our staff for what they did that day.”
The arrests were made during the so-called ‘Operation Red Ruins,’ which focused on taking down the Norteños street gang.
Chief Eric Jones and law enforcement partners discuss Operation Red Ruins – Disrupting Norteno Street Gangs. **Please be advised the video contains a pursuit that ends with a police car catching fire** https://t.co/9gSz8L02pd via @YouTube pic.twitter.com/J2IfgFtkAI
— Stockton Police Dept (@StocktonPolice) November 19, 2019
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the joint effort by Stockton Police and several other law enforcement agencies has made the city safer.