State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of several gang members and their associates in the Sacramento region.
The arrests, according to a state Department of Justice news release, highlight the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team's continuing efforts to combat gangs and narcotics trafficking in local communities. The team is made up of all law enforcement agencies in Yolo County and is led by the state Department of Justice.
The operation in West Sacramento was dubbed "Operation Red Sash" because of the Northern Riders and Broderick Boys criminal street gangs' affiliation with the color red and the Nortenos criminal gang, officials said.
During the operation, which began in November 2011, agents of the Yolo County Narcotic Enforcement Team served 12 state arrest warrants and 16 state search warrants in the West Sacramento, Sacramento and Roseville areas. The investigation has resulted in 18 arrests, as well as confiscation of four guns, body armor, a stun gun and drugs, according to the news release. All those arrested were booked into Yolo County Jail.
The operation targeted mid- to high-level members who were distributors of narcotics. Several of the members identified in the investigation are on probation, six are on parole and several are validated gang members from the Norteno, Northern Riders and Broderick Boys street gangs, officials said. Those arrested face multiple felony charges related to narcotic trafficking, conspiracy to commit narcotic trafficking and participation in a criminal street gang.
Officials said the operation involved more than 100 law enforcement officers and 16 locations.