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Pre-dawn drug sweep in San Gabriel Valley results in dozens of arrests

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Pre-dawn raids this morning ended with dozens of street gang members in handcuffs arrested for participating in what the FBI in Los Angeles describes as a drug distribution network in the San Gabriel Valley.

The FBI, the DEA, Pomona and Pasadena police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are holding an 11 a.m. press conference in Pomona to announce federal indictment charges against members of a drug trafficking organization.

The arrests and search warrants made this morning by the San Gabriel Valley Safe Streets Task Force span multiple counties, according to the FBI.

KPCC’s crime reporter Rina Palta will have more information about Thursday morning's drug sweep after the news conference. Follow her at @KPCCrina911 on Twitter for updates.

The San Gabriel Valley Safe Streets Task Force has kept itself busy this summer. It was only two months ago on June 1 that the law enforcement team arrested 15 suspected members of the Pasadena Denver Lane Bloods, a criminal streets gang, busted after an 18-month investigation into alleged narcotics trafficking charges. Authorities seized eight guns, five kilograms of cocaine, 2.5 kilograms of crack cocaine and $40,000 in cash.