Coordinated early morning “Mexican Mafia” raids involving the L.A.P.D. and F.B.I. netted a windfall of drugs and guns along with more than a half-dozen arrests.
Roughly 23,000 fentanyl pills, 5 lbs. of powdered fentanyl, and 57 lbs. of methamphetamine were swept up by authorities before sunrise Wednesday when two Los Angeles gangs with alleged ties to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel were targeted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of California.
“It’s unbelievable how many people may have died as a result of these drugs once they hit the street,” U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said at a San Pedro, Cali., press conference reported on by KTLA.
Officials said “Operation Wipe Out” also resulted in the arrest of 11 individuals and the confiscation of nearly two dozen firearms. The gangs at the center of the sting were the Westside Wilmas and Eastside Wilmas, according to authorities.
“Law enforcement believes the Wilmas gangs are controlled by separate Mexican Mafia members who are each serving a life sentence in a California state prison after being convicted of murder,” the Attorney’s Office alleged in its statement. “One Mexican Mafia associate directs firearm and drug sales from prison despite being sentenced to death for murder.”
One Westside Wilma taken into police custody is accused of selling “firearms — including semi-automatic weapons lacking a serial number,” also known as “ghost guns” — outside a high school and a grade school in early 2023.
Source: Daily News