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Major Police Raid Targets L.A.'s Notorious Avenues Gang

September 22, 2009  | 

Hundreds of police officers and federal law enforcement agents launched a major assault on the Avenues gang this morning, hoping to deal a blow to an elusive group they say is responsible for some of Los Angeles' most notorious street crime.

Under the cover of darkness around 3 a.m., roughly 1,200 heavily armed officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and several other agencies dispersed from a command post near the LAPD’s training academy in Elysian Park.

Warrants in hand, they descended on dozens of homes in search of 53 alleged members or associates of the Avenues gang wanted on an array of federal charges related to extensive drug dealing, unsolved murders and other crimes.

Forty-three 43 suspects already are in custody on unrelated charges. The operation was aimed to bring new charges against 88 Avenues members or associates, a significant share of a gang that is believed to have about 400 members.

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ROB ROY @ 9/22/2009 10:08 PM

You ever wonder why California has such a gang problem. Well here in Arizona we found out. The liberals that fill that state and thier Goverment have over the years done everything they can to disarm law abiding citizen's, they are now almost defensless. But I said we found out why, well these scumbag gang bangers after running over the people of Calif. thought they could come into AZ. and do the same thing to us. When they tried to jerk our car door's open and said "get out or I'll kill you" they usually got a handgun emptied into them. Since here we still believe in our right's. they got the message quick and took thier turd butt's back to CA. and thier disarmed victims there.

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