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Massive California bust of street gang nets 24 arrests

Authorities say that they have arrested 24 gang members who operated with a complex hierarchy that involved gang money making its way into California state prisons. All of the alleged gang members have been indicted and will be going on trial. Allegedly, these gang members were selling drugs and extorting "protection money" out of merchants. Operation "Red October" resulted in the arrest of two dozen California residents accused of being gang members who supposedly answered to inmates known as "Generals" from hundreds of miles away.

According to the official report, the crimes, or "orders," were taking place in the streets of San Jose, California and were being ordered from 400 miles North in Pelican Bay State Prison. The district attorney says that, from the prison, three "Generals" ordering crimes to be committed in San Jose. The report says that the "orders" from the "Generals" were written in code and smuggled out of prison in the body cavities of inmates leaving on parole. These orders were also known as "kites" and were found in the possession of one of the top gang leaders in San Jose, according to the DA.

Authorities reportedly recovered hundreds of these written orders that were unusually in-depth. Six wanted people are still at large and are being pursued. This is organized crime with a chain of command and corporate-level organization. Authorities seized guns, drugs and cash during the arrests. The gang was allegedly selling 2 pounds of methamphetamine per week in the streets of San Jose. A percentage of the money reportedly went to gang leaders behind bars.

Individuals facing criminal charges similar to these may be wise to consult a criminal defense attorney. A criminal defense attorney can help lessen the severity of the penalties. An attorney can be helpful in getting a more desirable outcome in an undesirable situation.

Source: ABC 7, "Massive San Jose Bust of Nuestra Familia Street Gang Nets 24 Arrests," David Louie, March 20, 2015

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