Santa Ana cops finally arrest 12 gang members

Well, the Santa Ana police department finally did something about the recent upsurge in gang violence. “An early morning operation targeting a local gang led to Thursday’s arrest of 12 suspected gang members and the seizure of five firearms, police said,” according to the O.C. Register.

“Arrested were seven adults: Joseph Castaneda, 28; Lorenzo Hernandez, 18; Jimmy Correa, 31; Diego Salas, 18; Mario Cortez, 20; Ramon Raldires, 25; and Angel Rios, 27. Five juveniles were also arrested.”

The police refused to identify the gang these guys belong to. Maybe our readers might know?

“So far this year, there have been five gang-related homicides in Santa Ana. There were 16 gang-related homicides in 2007 and 18 in 2006. The city’s worst year was 1995, when 46 gang killings occurred.”

Well, we are still on a record-breaking pace for gang killings. But at least 12 of the gang members involved in this gang war are now in jail. I wonder why this operation took so long? Maybe the cops waited for the miscreants to Vote Yes on Measure D before they locked them up? That would not surprise me…

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