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Anti-Gang Sting Leads to 19 Arrests

The LAPD and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrest suspected gang members on drugs and firearms charges.

A four-month sting operation in the Venice area has resulted in 19 arrests, several of which were made early Wednesday morning in a coordinated raid on residences of alleged gang members. 

The operation targeted alleged members of the Venice 13, or Venice Trece, gang.

"We'll continue working with LAPD to reduce the flow of firearms trafficking," said Chris Hoffman, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Hoffman said that suspects had sold drugs to undercover agents. The federal firearms charges are for possession by a convicted felon, he said. There are also state charges.

"When violent crime is reduced, everyone wins— the city of Los Angeles and its citizens," ATF Special Agent John A. Torres said in a statement. 

According to the statement, the following six suspects were named in federal criminal complaints:

  • George R. Lopez, 41, Lawndale, felon in possession of a firearm;
  • Salvador Garcia, 29, Mid-City Los Angeles, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance;
  • Cesar Perez Rios, 39, South Los Angeles, felon in possession of a firearm;
  • Mario Vincent Lopez, 43, Lawndale, felon in possession of a firearm;
  • Joey Edward Leyba, 37, West Los Angeles, distribution of a controlled substance;
  • Maribel Gordio, 35, South Los Angeles, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Five of the suspects were arrested in the action early Wednesday morning. The sixth, Rios, turned himself in later in the day.

A and in February have both been determined to be gang-related. The boardwalk shooting is , though.

killerweed May 05, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Gangs are very geographical and territorial, so it's not a stretch to speculate that people from Mid-City and Lawndale and wherever are NOT V-13. I'd feel a little better if they actually arrested some people who are from V-13 when they say that's who they're targeting. Bad guys are bad guys (if they really are) so we're grateful that they're being apprehended (if they really deserve to be), but this episode does not generate loads of confidence in certain aspects of the police work.
UPSET MOTHER, WIFE, TAXPAYER June 22, 2011 at 09:38 PM
You couldn't be closer to hittin it right on target killerweed ;) ....rather sad and pathetic how we pay for and live in a system that works in such poor mannerism ANND THAN feels yet still ok with themselves in feeding the media with loads of crap on the "GOOD WORK, GOOD COPS" B.S! ...they are sadly a joke! ...Come on ATF..DO YOUR JOB, DO IT WELL AND MOST IMPORTANTLY ABIDE BY THE LAW YOURSELFS (SERVING MINORS ALCOHOL AND CREATING CRIME WHERE YOU SHOULD DETERE IT..IS FAR FROM A JOB WELL DONE!)..HOW DO YOU PEOPLE SLEEP AT NIGHT!

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