LOS ANGELES (AP) — A yearlong probe by a task force of LAPD and FBI investigators culminated Thursday in the pre-dawn arrests of at least 39 gang members suspected of drug trafficking in the Baldwin Village of Los Angeles, authorities said.

The suspects were all members of the Black P Stones, a Bloods set that has controlled drug trafficking in and around the Baldwin Village area for decades, according to authorities.

The pre-dawn raids were conducted by hundreds of heavily armed FBI agents and LAPD officers nearly six years after a similar operation netted 28 gang leaders from the same set. Those arrested Thursday morning were taken to a mobile processing center outside the Sports Arena.

Authorities say the Black P Stones have a reputation for using deadly violence to control their Southwest Los Angeles “turf” in 1-square-mile Baldwin Village, described for decades by cops on the beat as the “Jungle.”

The arrestees included 16 of 21 people indicted on federal drug trafficking and conspiracy to traffic charges, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.
Most of the suspects indicted on federal charges face from five to 40 years in prison.

There were also “23 gang members arrested on state warrants, and five others arrested on non-warrant charges,” which may include parole or probation violations, said Shiara Davila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

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Comments (14)
  1. Anthonyd Smith says:


    1. Saber 1 says:

      Don’t arrest them. Speak a language they understand, shoot them on sight. No warning shots, upper body mass or shots to the bean.

  2. Ginger says:

    CBS should investigate how many actual gang members were arrested in San Pedro. I live in San Pedro and I can tell you it was a lot less and the gangsters that were arrested were released the next day. I wonder how much the 1,000 man task force cost us tax payers.

  3. rjsmitty says:

    They set up these little areas called IBAR’s (Immediate Booking and Release) and they are back on the streets in less than 12 hours.

  4. James says:

    Dear Dean: Before you attempt to smear Democrats with an illogical statement, at least learn how to spell “aliens.”

    1. Vero says:

      I agree with you. Dean sounds like a JERK!!!!

    2. Matt Woods says:

      Dean is just being facetious, everybody knows the gangs vote Republican and the Aliens vote Democratic. The gangs want to be left alone to do their crimes and the Aliens want all the handouts.

  5. California will be part of Mexico by 2025 says:

    Maybe if CA won’t Eliminate Welfare & Medi-Cal, at least can they Eliminate that for Gang families?

  6. Sergio says:

    You guys should be happy the FBI is working alongside the LAPD in getting these thugs off the streets of L.A. Even if this bust only results in “ONE” arrest, that would be ONE less loser out on the streets.

  7. Don Quixote says:

    If ALL Gangs unite & go on an all out WAR, the US Government won’t have a chance.

    That is why they gave ’em whatever they want.

    if you CUT their Welfare, i’m sure there’s major unrest & chaos.

    1. Jose Gomez says:

      War… with gangs. That would be so cool. Marshall law would be declared and curfews enforced. The low life gangs would encounter military units that would wipe them off the map. Cut off all aid like yesterday.

  8. ILLEGALS says:

    Gotta do more Raids & hand out Stiffer sentences!!

  9. bruce says:

    at one time we hade metro div they were doing a better job then fbi dea an locals could but they busted a city council man for coke he got a article 35 an all of metro was let go because they got too close to the real problem

  10. AL CAPONE says:


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