SAN PEDRO (CBS) — A major law enforcement operation targeting violent criminal activity ended in the arrest of 80 alleged gang members.

Officials from nine agencies ranging from the Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Secret Service and the LAPD, served over 90 search warrants just after midnight Wednesday in San Pedro. Authorities said this sting involved more than 1,300 personnel and was the largest gang take-down in Los Angeles history.

“This is not the first and most certainly won’t be the last in a series of large scale take-downs of the core members… of criminal street gangs in Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said in a press conference Thursday.

Authorities arrested 66 people for state weapons and drug violations, and 14 people on federal indictments.

Of the 80 arrested, officials say a large majority are members of the Rancho San Pedro street gang. The RSP gang’s origins date back to the 1970s. Its membership includes 600 documented members, as well as more than 400 associates.

Authorities said the arrests are the result of a 2.5 year investigation involving large-scale firearms, drug trafficking operations and other felony federal and state charges. Authorities seized about 90 weapons and an unknown amount of drugs.

“Our goal is simply this: to dismantle these gangs from top to bottom,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.said.

In total, more than 230 people are named in federal and state court documents with more arrests possible.

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Comments (36)
  1. PL says:

    Thank you ICE,FBI,ATF
    We don’t want to end up like our
    neighbor Mexico

    1. Ron says:

      I second that, PL.

      And “Fed up in San Pedro”, you know that Janice just lost 80 of her best voters/supporters, maybe 8 or more times that amount, if you count their families.

      How many gang members do you think vote Republican or Tea Party?

    2. Saber 1 says:

      Line them up and open up with 50 cals. Send a bill to their families for the manpower and ammo cost. Drop the bodies off at their families doorstep. Since you parents couldn’t keep your kids in line, we took it upon ourselves to end your suffering.

      1. just a victim says:

        motherxxxx, god will judge you for your ugly that you hold inside. and after they throw your remains in a jar you will be 4 gotten by your family

  2. Fed up in San Pedro says:

    These are probably the friends of Janice Hahn’s program to help the gangs in San Pedro.

  3. treason for any reason says:

    oh yeah, PL…not to mention their corrupt gov and high demand for drugs, and their citizens being terrorized by their own people…oh wait, that sounds like the US…whoops

  4. TT says:

    Go get em’ guys !!! Thanks for getting the bad guys off our streets !!

    1. just a victim says:

      yes and slowly the tables shall turn Ur welcome as we let out all the corruption with in 🙂 all the wrong doing will surface

  5. Justicefy says:

    Give all the gang-members their own small island in the middle of the ocean and let them destroy each other.

    1. R P Jones says:

      Pssst….this has bededn dones – it’s called ‘The United States of America’!

  6. frank says:

    Treason maybe you should go live in Mexico since you think it’s the same !!!

  7. Sweets says:

    And quite a few were named Joseph… Go figure that.

  8. Sweets says:

    Hey Frank, in some countries ‘Frank’ can also mean ‘weiner.’ Like right here in the U.S.

  9. HooDatIS? says:

    i love the police
    lock em up and lube em up
    nasty perps
    visit my blog

  10. Sweets says:

    HoDatIs, I visited your blog. It was shallow and pedantic.

  11. Bob says:

    What is the reason for calling this a sting? It sounds like very conventional raids.

  12. wobbles says:

    The feds are finally starting to wake up to the fact that these street gangs are every bit the organized crime ventures the mafia are. Good for them. They only ignored the problem as a “local matter” for 40 years. I’m guessing with the Italian mafia largely dismantled and dysfunctional they needed to find other interests to keep their funding up. I don’t care why, I’m just glad they are finally doing something.

  13. frank says:

    wow sweets you use such big words !

  14. Billy Spire says:

    la coparachas did an el nino……..ala mucho puncho in the pocketbooko…….no mas crack… mas arma do robberies……el saddy dayo por loco bangers.

  15. Mrs Gonzalez says:

    Lost of you just talk out of your ass! You guys don’t realize that people do change. Lots of them have changed and are Fathers & Mothers that are hard works and are trying to raise their kids in the right path. But of course they made their mistakes in their youth years. Lost of them have gone to prison and paid for what ever they did and after they paid their debi of course you guys are better then them right. How ignorant can you be you guys never made any wrong decisions…. Right?

    1. Ron says:

      Sure they do(people change) !!!

      That talk you heard out of my ass was from the bean burrito I just ate. I love mexican food.

      But seriously, I suppose you think that the 80 members of the RSP gang were totally innocent and the 90 weapons & drugs they had were police plants. Wake up Mrs. Gonzalez, we are NOT as ignorant as YOU are, obviously !!

      1. Mrs.Gonzalez says:

        We will see! Yes they arrested 80 because they are labeled. That dose not mean they are active gang members. Don’t get me wrong some are but not all. Haven’t you heard that saying ones from the gang always will be from the gang. Espesialy to the LAPD and other county’s & YOU! so no I’m not as ignorant as YOU!!!

      2. Mrs.Gonzalez says:

        Opps! Especially…

      3. Ron says:

        NO, you REALLY are !!!

        Do yourself a favor, use spell check or get a dictionary, preferably without gang slang, so it at least looks like you are educated.

    2. very real thought says:

      thank you

  16. unknownG says:


    1. Ron says:

      Hey G, you may have a NEW home, courtesy of the GPAG(Good People Against Gangs).

  17. Steve says:

    Yea G, they will stick around. Especially now that they can be arrested simply hanging out on the street in San Pedro or associating with any known RSP member. Not to mention that most every RSP member either currently has a warrant for their arrest or will have one shortly after this. They can shut down the gang and they will. A new one will eventually form to take over the area, but it will be a long time coming before any new one can have the same effect on San Pedro that RSP did

  18. kdlando says:

    It looks like some of you guys really know what you’re talking about ! You must really know what’s going on. And were probably loners or were beat up every day as a kid or both so now you feel the need to act like somebody, it seems this child hood tragedy of abuse and loneliness has affected your ability act like men and cower behind the monitor where you can act like the ones you bravely comment about, and want to execute and disrespect families or to be so confused to think we might end up like Mexico or to make fun of people that don’t spell every word correctly. Maybe you are a bunch of 9 or 10 year old, if that’s the case then i apologize because that’s what kids do, but stereotyping is usually more of an immature adult thing. Anyway, 2.5 years of investigating among multiple agencies of law and federal government how much do you think this cost? 2.5 years of investigation, nothing but a bunch of hype. For instance, I’m assuming all you saw the news the other day?, where it showed the cops cutting off a families front door. they didn’t show when they shot a flash bang grenade in the house busted out the front and back windows and caught the carpet on fire with children in the house. saying there targeting the top drug kingpins and the most notorious members of RSP then showed the guy on the porch that guy isn’t even a gang member never has been. and they destroyed his families house and endangered everyone in it, to capture a sleeping man. nine agencies, 2.5 years 1,300 personnel, probably millions of dollars for a unknown amount of drugs.a handful of weapons mostly old rifles probably there grandfathers and total of 80 people from San Pedro, Wilmington,long beach, Carson it took 800 days to achieve this seems a bit much 10 days a person and its nothing but hype and drama they make it seem like they did so much I’m not justifying for the ones that were arrested that need to be off the street just the ones that have been stereotyped by police so to the guys that really know whats up!! lets hear it

    1. Ron says:

      Kdlando, unlike YOU, there are people like US, that DO care about gangs and drugs in our neighborhoods. And as for a few of the ones that make comments on this site about the police and how they got the WRONG person because “my son is a good boy and he wouldn’t hurt anyone” or the amount of man power and money that it cost to catch just a few. Well, even if 1 of these low lifes is taken off the street or drugs, guns and ill gotten gains are confiscated, then it is a success.

      But, I suppose you would rather we let these 80 gang members kill, maim, sell drugs and distribute guns to other criminals, while you give a shout out to your HOMIES(“so to the guys that really know whats up!! lets hear it”.

  19. R P Jones says:

    Here’s a thought – rename the housing project ‘Tombstone’ – imagine the tourist dollars!

  20. i got clean says:

    people do remember the state of california rather lockup people with misdameanors & petty theft than a illegal immigrant gangmember, this is only going to continue because of the state not willing to deport them and the legal onres thats here dont get a stiff sentence the first time. INCLUDEING THE CRIPS & BLOODS. the prison system should return to the glory days of chains& ball.

  21. juan c. says:

    Judge your goverment and the system cuause theyre just as worse! I made a change for myself coming off these streets so there is change in us.Thisgoes for all the haters, this ain’t never gonna end! Just like Mexico’s war is an ongoing thing! Those people that judge “people” like us take a look in the mirror! U speak all these words but you don’t know what it is and what it takes to grow up in that type of environment. You ain’t any better than than the next person!

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