LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have arrested 18 people in a probe into a Southern California street gang accused of drug trafficking and arranging fake marriages to obtain green cards for immigrants.

The U.S. attorney’s office on Wednesday unveiled a federal indictment saying some members of the Red Door gang orchestrated a scheme where foreigners paid tens of thousands of dollars to marry American women to gain permanent resident status.

The indictment names three such marriages but U.S. attorney spokesmen Thom Mrozek says prosecutors think there are hundreds of others.

Prosecutors say authorities seized more than 12,500 ecstasy pills and 2,200 marijuana plants during the probe.

All but two of the indictment’s 20 defendants were arrested Wednesday.

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Comments (8)

    Time to revoke the legal citizenship from the willing participants and kick all the illegals out with their marraige partners , have fun in your new foreign country’s where you probably came from anyways.

  2. Jacober says:

    Why do people do these types of things/ it’s just… not nice.

  3. digz says:

    We have enough people here already. Citizenship for spouses has to end. States are bankrupt and unemployment is sky high. We don’t need any more foreigners.

  4. True Lies says:

    Enough is enough!

  5. leroybrown says:

    When will you learn these people can’t be trusted.

    1. AFRICA says:

      these people????? how can ppl. trust you?? not all these people are the same as you judge.

  6. Buck says:

    People been doing fake marriages for money for years. Glad they finally being caught.

    1. AFRICA says:

      i agree Buck–fake marriages have been going on for many years. We do have a movie about it. GREEN CARD /1990

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