Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Warrants served on Avenues gang members this morning

Reducing crime in our neighborhoods has been a priority for me since I was elected to the City Council, and I've worked to make the Drew-Estara neighborhood safer through a combination of increased law enforcement resources and the provision of more educational, recreational, and economic opportunities for the families there.

Early this morning, dozens of arrest warrants were served on members of the Avenues gang, including some who live in the Drew-Estara area. Currently in custody are gang members charged with felonies ranging from drug and weapons trafficking to murder. The indictment was the result of months of work by a multi-agency task force that included the Los Angeles Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

A command post has been established in Glassell Park and there will be meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Washington Irving Middle School auditorium to brief community members on the action.