Authorities arrest dozens in investigation of Pueblo Bishops Bloods street gang [Updated]

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LAPD officer Manuel Gomez and others look at poster of Pueblo Bishops Bloods after a sweep operation.

Federal and local authorities arrested dozens of people Wednesday morning in the culmination of an investigation into the Pueblo Bishops Bloods street gang.

The gang sweep followed a federal indictment alleging that the gang terrorized the Pueblo Del Rio housing project in South Los Angeles through drug sales, armed robberies and violence.

"This indictment discusses the gang's murder of three innocent civilians, all of whom were gunned down during retaliatory acts against a rival gang," said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, Jr. "One of the murder victims was gunned down while his 2-year-old son watched his father die."

Investigators from the FBI and L.A. Police Department worked together for two years on the investigation. With the sweep completed, the LAPD plans to open a sub-station, institute more foot patrols and hold community meetings starting Thursday.

Original story:

Dozens of people have been arrested in a raid after federal authorities unveiled a racketeering indictment against a Los Angeles street gang.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the operation Wednesday targeted the Pueblo Bishops Bloods, who are accused in a slew of drug dealings, murders and attacks on police officers.

Eimiller says 41 people are named in the indictment and at least two dozen of them were arrested Wednesday. Some of those named already were in custody and other arrests are expected.

FBI agents and Los Angeles police carried out the sweep at the Pueblo del Rio housing project, from which the gang takes its name.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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