LOS ANGELES (AP) — A so-called “shot caller” who was arrested in a crackdown on a Southern California Latino street gang has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old George Manuel Flores was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles. He pleaded guilty in March to five counts, including conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Flores was the lead defendant in 2009’s “Operation Knock Out.”

About 170 members and associates of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens were arrested; some have pleaded guilty and received sentences up to nearly 25 years in prison.

Authorities say the gang waged a racist campaign to eliminate black residents in Hawaiian Gardens through attempted murders and other crimes.

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Comments (4)
  1. Jackie Gossett says:

    That’s the way to keep things going the same way — black on brown, brown on black … just what they like to see. Neither has more than the other and they try to take from each other — sad … sad … sad

  2. ginny25 says:

    But I though the only racists in the country were the white population. Isn’t that what they keep telling us all.

    1. notlovinLA says:

      That’s what they want the nation to think, that white people are just as racist as ever. Deep down both Latinos/Hispanics and blacks know that isn’t true. They’re just as racist as any other guy. But the only card they have to play when things don’t go their way is the race card, so they use it and use it and use it and they always will.

  3. joe says:

    The most racist people I have ever met have not been white but Latino. But that’s only from my experiences. Any given group can be prejudice but Hawaiian gardens is a prime example of how certain groups don’t try to better their situation only pass the blame and try to blame others for their situation and help to entertain negative stereo types on their ethnic group. Get an education.

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