Gang-Enforcement Focuses on East Side Longos; 13 Arrested During Multi-Agency Operation
2011-02-10 · By Editor
On Wednesday, February 9, a multi-agency gang enforcement operation headed by the Long Beach Police Department conducted simultaneous searches that resulted in the arrest of 13 individuals and the recovery of weapons, ammunition, and other evidence. The operation focused on a local gang responsible for multiple shootings in recent months, including one where two uniformed detectives were shot at, that left one wounded.
Chief Jim McDonnell stated, ”This operation and the ongoing investigation should send a strong message to those that bring harm to our city and the community that your illegal activities will not be tolerated, and we will do everything within our power to put an end to your reign of crime.”
Long Beach Police Gang Enforcement detectives have been investigating a series of shootings that occurred since December 2010. During the course of these investigations, detectives developed information that the shootings were related by suspects or by the weapons involved in the crimes. They soon focused the investigation on the East Side Longos gang, one of the oldest Hispanic gangs in Long Beach who claim territory in a particular area of central Long Beach. Members of this gang are believed to be responsible for six shootings in the area, including the recent attempted murder of the two Gang Enforcement detectives.
Long Beach Police Department Gang Detectives, SWAT, and Directed Enforcement officers teamed up with members of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, the US Marshal’s Office, State Parole, Los Angeles County Probation, and the Department of Children and Family Services to plan and execute this early-morning task force operation.
Fifteen locations throughout Long Beach were simultaneously served with search warrants, immediately followed by parole searches at 15 additional locations, followed by probation searches at 15 more locations. In total, 45 different residences were searched, each having a connection to a documented member or associate of the East Side Longo gang.
The successful result of this major operation includes the arrest of two male juveniles who are believed to be responsible for a shooting that occurred on December 29, 2010, in the central Long Beach area. That shooting is still under investigation.
Eleven additional subjects were also arrested for various charges, including parole violations, weapons possession violations and outstanding warrants, for a total of 11 felony arrests and 2 misdemeanor arrests.
In addition to the arrests, handguns, a rifle, ammunition, and other evidence was seized, and four children were safely taken into protective custody and released to the Department of Children and Family Services.
The Long Beach Police Department would like to share the success with and thank the team that assisted with this operation, including the community for their involvement. Anyone with information regarding this investigation as well as any gang-related crime should contact Long Beach Police Department Gang Enforcement detectives at (562) 570-7370.