File: East Coast Crips graffiti in South Los Angeles.
Authorities have arrested nearly three dozen people in a crackdown on a Southern California street gang believed involved in a string of home invasion robberies.
Hundreds of FBI agents and Los Angeles police officers staged raids Thursday morning across South Los Angeles to arrest reputed members of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips.
An additional 60 reputed gang members were arrested earlier, the result of a yearlong investigation.
Those arrested face state and federal drug, gang and conspiracy charges.
The investigation began about two years ago when federal and local law enforcement sat down to talk about the major sources of violence in Los Angeles, officials said at a news conference Thursday morning.
They agreed that one gang in particular, the Rollin 30’s Crips, was at the top of the list. It operates in the southwestern parts of the city, from the USC area all the way to Crenshaw in the west, agents said.
In the past five years, there’ve been 29 homicides in the gang’s territory, which is about one and a half square miles, according to the LAPD. Gang members are also accused of drug trafficking and numerous burglaries.
Federal officials say the inter-generational gang has a sophisticated chain of command that organized home invasion robberies and burglaries, weapons trafficking, loot fencing and large-scale distribution of crack cocaine.
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This story has been updated.