Federal and local law enforcement agencies on Thursday raided 14 locations in Santa Clara County and arrested suspected gang members on suspicion of drug and weapons charges, an FBI spokesman said.
The raids began at 6 a.m. Jan. 30 with officers serving search and arrest warrants at businesses and residences "to disrupt gang activity in relation to organized criminal groups," FBI spokesman Peter Lee said.
Some people were arrested on allegations including illegal drug and possession of firearms, but it was not clear this afternoon how many were taken into custody, Lee said. About 20 people were targeted by the officers.
The suspects were arrested without incident, Lee said.
One of the businesses officers entered was a tattoo parlor on 10th and East William streets in San Jose, about a block south of San Jose State University, Lee said.
Not many details of the raids can be released publicly because much of the information remains under seal and the enforcement effort is still active, Lee said.
The FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Homeland Security took part in the raids with officers from the California Highway Patrol and the San Jose, Milpitas, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara police departments, Lee said.
The agencies are part of the FBI's Santa Clara County Violent Gang Task Force trying to suppress gang activities, Lee said.
According to a Nov. 21 news release on the FBI's website, the task force previously arrested 10 men and women on federal drug trafficking charges from an effort "targeting gang members selling methamphetamine in Santa Clara County."
Among those arrested and later charged in connection with that earlier incident with distributing and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine were Maria Salinas, reputed matriarch of a Sureno gang called 8th Street Gilroy, and brothers Jairo and Filiberto Quintana, allegedly affiliated with the Sureno gang, the Varrio Mexicanos Locos, according to the FBI.
Others charged last year included a mother and daughter combination, Laura "Blinky" Garcia and Vanessa "Bunny" Pulido, associated with the Sureno gang, Varrio Sur Town, and other defendants who were known members and associates of the Sureno gangs Colonias, Poco Way, and Varrio Paisanos Locos, the FBI said.