13 arrested in Long Beach gang sweep

Long Beach police arrested 13 suspected gang members Wednesday in one of the city’s largest gang raids in recent memory.

The raid targeted the East Side Longos, one of Long Beach’s oldest gangs dating back almost 70 years.

Authorities searched 45 houses in all – with Long Beach Police officers getting helps from LA County Sheriff’s deputies and US Marshals, among others. Officers confiscated rifles, handguns and ammunition. Officials say the East Side Longos gang may be linked to at least six shootings in the last two months.

The sweep came days after the arrests of suspected gang members Erick Sianez and David Silva for the Jan. 29 shooting of a Long Beach Police gang detective.

The detective, who was in uniform at the time, was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Prosecutors charged Sianez and Silva with attempted murder of a police officer. They’re being held in the LA County jail, and are due in court in two weeks.

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