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Police charge many with gun, drug crimes

In California, the Los Angeles Police Department and FBI took about three dozen alleged gang members into police custody in a large-scale raid across South Los Angeles as part of an investigation that has been ongoing since 2012. The individuals were believed to be part of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips and are being charged with drug, gun and gang conspiracy charges.

The gang's violence in the community has continued to increase both in numbers and in geographic region over the past generations. The gang is estimated to have 700 to 1,000 members, and their activity has spread beyond their local community to include different areas outside of South Los Angeles. In the 1.5-square-mile region that constitutes the gang's area, about 1,100 robberies and 1,075 assaults have been reported. In addition, the Los Angeles Police Department reports 29 homicides in five years in that area.

Authorities have grown increasingly worried by the increased culture of violence, even among young children. Photos posted on social media outlets indicated cases of children posing with heavy artillery guns and flashing the gang sign. Through the raid, the task force served 34 federal search warrants that led to seizures of guns and drugs.

When a member of the community is charged with gang crimes, he or she may be facing some serious charges. An attorney knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense law, may be able to review the details of the charges and the arrest, establish a position of defense for the accused person and help assure that the person's rights are protected.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Gang memebers, guns, drugs seized in LAPD-FBI raid", Richard Winton and Kate Mather, August 29, 2013

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