A large police operation sweeping across the state has resulted in dozens of arrests. Most arrests were in the Southern California region, but others were out of state. Alleged mafia and drug cartels were targeted, and many people were arrested on drug charges.
Several law enforcement agencies, including state, county and local law enforcement, were able to collaborate to serve warrants and make arrests. Forty-seven individuals were arrested with charges ranging from solicitation of murder, drug distribution, assault with a deadly weapon, narcotics trafficking, firearm violations, extortion and conspiracy. The arrests were tied to supposed Mexican drug cartels operating in the United States.
Over 200 pounds of drugs were seized during the sweep. Officials recovered marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, cash and assault rifles. No names of any suspects have yet been released. Police officials report being pleased with efforts to combat alleged gang activity within their local area.
A wide sweep such as this one can be considered a benefit to the community at large. But such large targets may result in some individuals being taken in or charged with crimes that they did not commit. It is also possible that authorities may not have used proper procedures to make arrests or perform searches. It is extremely likely that the many individuals arrested in the early November sweep are investigating their options for defense against the criminal charges. In California, an individual has the right to an attorney, and many people choose to hire a lawyer in hopes that they will use knowledge and experience to have criminal charges reduced or eliminated.
Source: pe.com, "Operation targeting Mexican mafia, drug cartels nets 47 arrests, 200 pounds of drugs in Southern California", Stephen Ramirez, Nov. 9, 2017