In an ongoing effort to crack down on gang-controlled properties throughout Los Angeles, city and federal law enforcement agencies arrested 19 alleged members of the Venice Shoreline Crips gang and their associates for sales of narcotics and firearms Tuesday morning, February 19th, authorities said.
The arrests came after a six-month investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the City Attorney’s Office regarding alleged narcotics and gun trafficking by the Shoreline Crips and V-13 gang members in the Oakwood neighborhood of Venice.
The LAPD-led investigation involved personnel from the Narcotics Abatement Unit and Pacific Area Gang Enforcement Officers. Seven outside agencies also assisted in the investigation.
“This joint local-federal law enforcement effort once again puts gang members throughout the city on notice,” said City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who announced the arrests at the Oakwood Recreation Center Tuesday, February 19th.
“We will fight you with every tool at our disposal, at all levels of government. We will target you as individuals, and we will target your bases of operations.”
The suspects who were arrested range in age from 18 to 30. Authorities are still seeking 33 suspects in the case.
During the operation, undercover officers purchased several
weapons from Shoreline Crips gang members and/or their associates, authorities said. Among the weapons recovered in the operation were shotguns, machine pistols, an AR-15 rifle, semiautomatic pistols and a Derringer.
“Today’s collaborative effort involving our partners with the ATF and the City Attorney’s Office sends a clear message that law enforcement will not stand idly by while gang members terrorize our neighborhoods,” said deputy chief Kenny Garner of the LAPD West Bureau. “These communities belong to the people who reside in them, not those whose only intent is to cause disruption.”
City attorney and LAPD officials said they will work closely with the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks to address community concerns that the Oakwood Recreation Center is being used by gang members and associates as a base of operations for narcotics sales.
Through the Project TOUGH (Taking Out Urban Gang Headquarters), the city attorney’s office targets the properties used by alleged gang members to commit crime and terrorize communities, a city attorney spokesman said. The program addresses locations that typically have a wide range of criminal gang activity associated with the property. The TOUGH program focuses on property abatements through lawsuits against property owners and gang members that seek aggressive and specifically tailored injunctive relief.