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Federal state and local law enforcement are shown during a news conference Wednesday July 13, 2011 in Santa Ana, Calif., where authorities announced dozens of people have been arrested in an Orange County crackdown on gangs with ties to the Mexican Mafia. The raids followed a 2 1/2-year investigation.
This week, federal authorities dealt what they called a "critical blow" to the Mexican Mafia's operation in Orange County. They charged 99 alleged Orange County gang members -- at least half of whom were associated with the Mexican Mafia prison gang -- with crimes including murder, drug trafficking and extortion. They arrested dozens in a coordinated raid, while others were already in custody, including the primary target of the operation. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze told Off-Ramp host John Rabe about it.