Homeland Security raids arrest MS-13 gang members across Santa Cruz County

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  1. EastBayRider

    EastBayRider Old and Slow

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    Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/...-raids-across-santa-cruz-county-early-monday/

    SANTA CRUZ >> The U.S. Department of Homeland Security led a pre-dawn operation across Santa Cruz County and Daly City on Monday, arresting 11 members of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang.

    The effort, in partnership with local law enforcement, was part of a five-year investigation into the notorious street gang operating in the area, according to Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Dan Flippo. The suspected criminals, members of MS-13, are men between the ages of 20 and 40, he said. A 12th man had been arrested prior to Monday’s operation, Flippo said.

    Authorities allege that those arrested had a history of such crimes as murder, extortion and trafficking of heroin and methamphetamine. Two firearms were also seized during the arrests. At least two of those arrested were being held on charges unrelated to gang activity, Flippo said. The detainees were transported to Santa Clara County to face federal court indictment on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine, he said.

    The 12 separate raids, some of which utilized large armored personnel carriers emblazoned with the Homeland Security insignia, sparked panic that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, was conducting raids on undocumented workers. Flippo said he did not know the immigration status of those arrested.

    “We want to make it very clear that these were not immigration-related arrests,” said Flippo. “We recognize the timing is unfortunate, but this is a federal criminal case that was five years in the making and has nothing to do with immigration.”

    The operation culminates an investigation that first began with the Santa Cruz Police Department in 2011 and ballooned into a federal case when the international MS-13 affiliate’s involvement was uncovered, Flippo said.

    “We are very certain that this gang was involved in at least two homicides and another shooting in Santa Cruz,” said Flippo.

    Residents in several neighborhoods became aware of the operation through flash bangs and low-flying helicopters with spotlights, beginning at about 4 a.m. On social media, neighbors near 38th, 17th and 7th avenues, Market Street and the Beach Flats neighborhood described raids and law enforcement staging nearby.

    “This morning’s raids threw the immigrant community into a panic,” said public sociologist and UC Santa Cruz researcher Paul Johnston. “As far as we can tell there were legitimate law enforcement targets, but Trump’s new mandate to prioritize deportation of a far broader swathe of the immigrant community means many, many more people – parents, families, ordinary working people – must be fearful. Many are now in hiding.”

    Under these circumstances, Johnston said, no Department of Homeland Security involvement in local law enforcement is acceptable.

    Shortly after the raids, rumors circulated on social media that the operations was associated with the ICE operation that arrested 161 undocumented immigrants in Southern California last week.

    A 6:30 a.m., a CBS San Francisco reporter tweeted, “Major Homeland Security/ICE operation in Santa Cruz. Several arrested/detained. Heavily armed agents, cops everywhere.”

    Flippo said the city of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Police Department would not participate in an immigration raid and the timing of Monday’s raids were “unfortunate” but in no way connected to an immigration sweep.

    “This investigation was ramped up very recently based on the belief that there was a significant threat to public safety,” Flippo said in a release.

    Flippo said concerns the raid was an immigration operation were also raised when witnesses reported women had also been arrested in the operation. However, Flippo said those arrested Monday were all men. Women and children may have been detained temporarily at the raid sites while federal agents executed the warrants, but none held further.

    MS-13 is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles before spreading to other parts of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America.

    City Councilman Chris Krohn, who has been involved with the local Sanctuary Santa Cruz group, said on Monday afternoon that he had received 30 to 35 emails and five phone calls related to the police action.

    “I remain anxious in what is turning out to be a scary and extremely worrisome time for many immigrants in our community. Immigrants who were not necessarily the targets in the DHS raid this morning, but none the less honestly fearful,” Krohn wrote in an email. “Given the national scene with Trump wanting to ‘deport Mexicans’ and ‘ban Muslims,’ today’s police action was a frightening scene of what we have been reading about in other places being played out right here on the streets of Santa Cruz.”

    Primarily composed of Central Americans, mostly Salvadorans, MS-13 is active in both urban and suburban areas, according to Wikipedia. In the U.S., the MS-13 is prevalent in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area, including Santa Cruz County.
     
  2. GreenDew

    GreenDew Well-Known Member

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    That is a lot of work to nab 12 gang members. I'm glad no officers were injured during the raids.
     
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  3. ChuckFinley

    ChuckFinley Comfortably Inert

    Now the SCPD and the Feds are taking flak for the raid because it's unfairly targeting illegal immigrants in our sanctuary city. Nevermind the fact that these were gang members with ties to all sorts of crime including murders.
     
  4. geeforce

    geeforce GSX1250FA

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    Hombres of anarchy ?
     
  5. XX4fun

    XX4fun Safe while at rest

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    And once again something good gets spun into something bad..........
     
  6. afmoto

    afmoto working on quality laps around the sun

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    Fixed. Apparently no shortage of douchebags on the Santa Cruz City Council... :rolleyes

    Nobody is flying helicopters and busting down doors with flash bangs just to round up illegals, but California politicians keep at it with this bs so they can frighten people and turn them against our President. Unbelievable!
     
  7. Andrew

    Andrew This Land is Your Land

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    Non issue.
     
  8. gino831

    gino831 Well-Known Member

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    MS-13 is an issue, a criminal issue. Sadly the children at the local news agencies are not going to understand the reality of arresting individuals who are criminals.
     
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  9. JeffKoch

    JeffKoch Well-Known Member

    Very believable. It's California, and even worse, it's Santa Cruz, CA.
     
  10. Andrew

    Andrew This Land is Your Land

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    I was saying that it's not an issue that these scumbags have been arrested.
     
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  11. Alanrider7

    Alanrider7 Sportbike Whisperer

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    Flak this: 729860-fawkdance.gif

    The only sanctuary these slimeballs should be given is a pillow for biting.
     
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  12. rideallday

    rideallday Well-Known Member

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    Seriously. I thought it was bad when I lived there in 2005. It's way worse now.
     
  13. ChuckFinley

    ChuckFinley Comfortably Inert

    Over a 100 protestors halted the Santa Cruz city council meeting last night to voice their opposition to the gang task force raids and its impact on the sanctuary city status of Santa Cruz.

    Councilwoman Cynthia Mathews saying Monday's events (arresting known criminal gang members) "went horribly awry in terms of its impact on the community."

    Here's one quote from a protestor: "We're here saying we need to understand what it means when we criminalize people." (So in other words, don't arrest criminals because it could result in them being deported)

    Full article:

    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/go...d-safety-disrupted-in-homeland-security-raids
     
  14. Jack

    Jack They call me fantong.

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    Were all the protestors MS-13 too?
     
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  15. boonhauler

    boonhauler Overbuilt from the Ground Up

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    This is just beyond belief ....... and people in the blue counties wonder why Trump was elected..... wake the F**k up guys.
     
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  16. Tinman

    Tinman Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, it's not.....
     
  17. GreenDew

    GreenDew Well-Known Member

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    I was trying to avoid the immigration aspect of the OP, but the SC Sentinel article is unbelievable. A multi-year investigation into criminal activity, 12 suspected MS-13 gang members arrested but the concern is about how immigrants (I'm assuming the ones here illegally) might become fearful. A quote from the article:
    So an immigrant (legal or illegal, it doesn't matter in this case) informs the police that MS-13 is setting up shop in the area. This gang is extorting the community (I'm guessing the immigrant community, but it might refer to the entire Santa Cruz community) which would cause fear in those individuals. Local and Federal law enforcement spend time and money to investigate this, and make their arrests. As far as I can tell, not a single arrest (from the initial complaint through the raid on Monday) was about a person's immigration status. But, because DHS was involved, and one of their branches is ICE, the people of Santa Cruz are now in "terror" about immigration raids? There was even a news article explaining what the raids were about so they can't claim they didn't know what happened. It just blows me away.
     
  18. TedBell

    TedBell Well-Known Member

    Chris Krohn is a ****ing meathead, always has been and always will be. So glad i don't live in that **** hole.
     
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  19. Alanrider7

    Alanrider7 Sportbike Whisperer

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    "Umm, yeah. Like it's criminal, man... ya know... uhhh...for them to round up... like... criminals. Yeah."
     
  20. Andrew

    Andrew This Land is Your Land

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    I don't have much sympathy for anyone sharing housing with known gang members.
    If they got caught up in the sweep and they have no connections and no record they'll get questioned and released.
    If they have a record, a quick trip back to El Salvador (or wherever) is in order.
     
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