Authorities round up 102 alleged Aryan Brotherhood, Fresneck gang members in large drug/gun trafficking sweep

FRESNO — In a sweeping federal and state operation aimed at drug and gun trafficking, 102 suspected members and associates of the Aryan Brotherhood — as well as a white gang known as the Fresnecks, authorities announced Friday.

The charges include allegations of trafficking methamphetamine and firearms. The investigation targeted “the most active and influential members of both gangs,” Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims said in a news conference Friday.

“Eleven acts of violence were prevented, including homicide and robbery,” Mims said.

Roughly a dozen guns and more than 20 pounds of meth were recovered during the operation as well as alleged plots to smuggle narcotics into Salinas Valley State Prison, authorities said.

This is the second time within two years that the Aryan Brotherhood has been targeted by a major federal operation. Last year, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott’s office charged two dozen alleged Aryan Brotherhood members and associates — including high ranking members — with charges ranging from murder conspiracies to plots to smuggle drugs into prison.

Incarcerated members of the Aryan Brotherhood were using contraband cellphones to direct narcotics dealings on the outside, as far away as Montana, authorities said. The proceeds were making their way back into the prison system.

Federal and state prosecutors have filed dozens of charges in connection with the operation, including meth distribution, kidnapping, fraud, assault, arson, carjacking, and firearms sales.

“These two gangs pose a real threat to the peace and safety of our communities, not just in Fresno County, but across the state of California,” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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