ATF Agents Descend on Anaheim Neighborhoods For Gang Raid

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Dozens of arrests were carried out today following a year-long investigation dubbed Operation Halo headed by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The raid which, hit 54 locations including  Anna Drive where unarmed resident Manuel Diaz was shot by police last month, was aimed at the gang East Side Anaheim. The Associated Press reported that 33 people were arrested and that an additional 25 were in custody. Anaheim police Sgt. Robert Dunn told the Washingon Post that Diaz, were he alive, would have been arrested today.

A friend of Diaz, 23-year-old Rafael Brito told the Weekly he believed government agents were attempting to effect damage control and draw attention from several recent officer-involved shootings which touched off a riot last month.

"(The police) are trying to cover up the crime they did," said the Brito. "(Anna Drive residents) were defending the right of a friend whose life was taken."

Brito also said people in the small neighborhood have been rattled by aggressive police tactics.

"There were officers dressed in camouflage, (my cousin) was awakened with a flashlight and a rifle to his face."

According to ATF Spokesman Christian Hoffman, the investigation involved agents from the bureau's Santa Ana field office who worked undercover with members of the Anaheim police gang and narcotics divisions.

In addition to 38 firearms, Hoffman said undercover agents purchased 11 pounds of crystal meth valued at more than $1,000,000. 

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nobody
nobody

Meth is $200 per gram in Anaheim?  Google says it's more like $100 or $40 per gram, and I trust the $40 price because it was posted on a site frequented by drug abusers.  No wonder people are willing to buy cases of generic sudafed to convert it to meth.   The government should just legalize this stuff and sell it.

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Today I am proud to be an Anaheim resident! Thank you Anaheim Police for arresting, legitimately charging and sweeping Eastside street-gang terrorists from Anna Drive and Anaheim! ManuelAngelDiaz.com Parental Responsibility Work Ethic Development Good Neighbor Sustainability. These set of trainable values will be Manuel Angel Diaz' Legacy. James Robert Reade

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Mayor Tait, I am pleased to report from my neighborhood, 250 homeowners and mostly Mexican families with children of all ages were not involved in riots/protests. July 4th this year, Mr. Packaging Vice President Daniel Rowlett was stabbed to death an exceedingly cruel number of times on La Palma Avenue by a documented street-gang terrorist whose stomping grounds included Anna Drive, Pauline Street and Julianne Avenue. To demonstrate I appreciate Anaheim Police Officers who protect our city, and acknowledge importance of preserving our democratic institutions, I would like to submit this Wells Fargo cashier's check donation of $1,000 in memory of Daniel Rowlett to the Anaheim Police Association. I encourage the public to donate $100, $20 or any amount possible to the Anaheim Police Association in memory of Daniel Rowlett to support police officers who risk their lives to stop the overwhelming domination of street-gang terrorism at Anna Drive, Guinida Lane and throughout the City of Anaheim. Conviction for brandishing a firearm at Anaheim High School, conviction for selling illegal narcotics and attempting to escape prosecution by intentionally posturing from the hip to fake the aiming of a firearm at a peace officer - Acepta las consecuencias cuaundo cometes un crimen! Prior violent criminal records and extremely dangerous confrontational behavior of Anna Drive's Eastside gangbangers, Ponderosa Park's gangbangers, Guinida Lane's gangbangers and several other street-gang terrorists, is the defining factor for the lawful response of our police officers. Our most critical moment in history as a world class city is now. We must firmly unite with our police department. We must back the Anaheim Police Association with our full support. We must without compromise protect our police officers' right to defend against the overwhelming domination of violent gangbangers and culpable parents who litter Anaheim with tears for sons who stomp on us. Log on to my new website manuelangeldiaz.com Click on the links: Parental Responsibility. Work Ethic Development. Good Neighbor Sustainability. That's ManuelAngelDiaz.com James Robert Reade Anaheim City Council Public Comments August 8, 2012

FFO1939
FFO1939

First, I want to congratulate the Anaheim PD and ATF for taking out the trash of 35 gangbangers. They had weapons, bundle of cash of $100 and drugs. What does it show you? No wonder the cartels are taking advantage of them and destroying Mexico apart. You guys did a terrific job who played on Operation Halo. The community is safe from the gang violence and for the children of Anaheim. Great Work!! By the way, what I find it funny that Manuel Diaz was on the list of being arrested by the Feds and Anaheim PD. He's legacy would be remembered as a gangbanger nothing else, you terrible mother.

Guerro
Guerro

How tragic, I'm sure they were all DREAM ACT students just caught up in the evil war on brown gente.  When will the boot heel of oppression be lifted off the neck of these innocent people?

 

Notice how this story is nowhere near the homepage? 

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Excellent! A job well done. It's difficult to understate the damage gang members do to the neighborhoods both in and around where they operate. They are a plague on society that needs to be removed. We need to completely reinvent and streamline the death penalty as a cost effective solution for capital criminals effectively ending the "era of the prison gang" and take the appropriate steps to end illegal immigration (Mandatory national E-Verify, etc...).

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

If we had a real government, some ICE agents would mop up.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Hey OccuBrandon:  Tell the people how many of Brito's cousins were arrested.

Guess we're gonna get another sympathy piece from OccuAmber pretty soon.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

BRAVO ATF & APD!  Clean up the streets -- take out the garbage.

 

40 Guns Seized

--Multiple guns seized, which were used in Felony Assaults, including a recent gang related homicide

--Various types of guns have been seized included high powered rifles, assault Rifles, sawed off shotguns, high capacity magazines, and handguns

Approximately 12 Pounds Methamphetamine (Street value approximately $120,000 to $150,000)

OC District Attorney’s Office has Filed Charges on 44 Suspects     

--13 are already in-custody (2 for Homicide)    

--15 of these Suspects are also Federally Indicted

23 additional ESA Gang Members are subject to arrest.

--10 Parole/ Probation Violations

--13 Outstanding Arrest Warrants

12 Search Warrant Locations

--6 SWAT Locations

--4 Additional Probation / Patrol Checks

Investigations have revealed that two Eastside Gang Members were responsible for committing two separate gang homicides against rival gangs.

 

priscillav4rmla
priscillav4rmla

 @FFranco80 U R A DARK COLD INDIVIDUAL WITH NO SYMPATHY FOR A WOMAN, MOTHER, HUMAN BEING THAT HAS TRAGICALLY LOST HER SON UNDER HORRIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES REGUARDLESS!!! U R  AN INCREDIBLY IGNORANANT ASSHOLE WHO HAS NO REMORSE & HAS NO RIGHT TO COMMENT& SAY THAT A LOVING GRIEVING WOMAN  IS A TERRIBLE MOTHER WHEN SHE HAS LOST HER SON IN SUCH A TRAGIC MANNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SHAME ON U FUCKING PRICK!!!!!! FUCK UR BITCH ASS!!!! HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY & I HOPE U EAT SHIT BITCH ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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