50 alleged Norteños gang members arrested, 42 guns seized in DOJ takedown

Photo via Stockton Police Department.

OAN Newsroom
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.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the joint effort by Stockton Police and several other law enforcement agencies has made the city safer.