SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Nine men believed to be affiliated with violent gang activity have been arrested in connection to a series of raids by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Santa Cruz Police Department.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the raids conducted early Monday capped a five-year investigation into gang violence in Santa Cruz. The raids targeted members of the MS-13 gang, also known as the Mara Salvatrucha gang.

Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Dan Flippo says he believes the department will be able to solve two recent homicides with the arrests made Monday.

Evidence is still being processed in connection to the arrests.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

  1. If you ever had the experience of being in an area where one of these gangs are prevalent you could really identify with this, I have it was it Livermore and in Tracy California, it is miserable raising children within this influence, really they will take over your home, come and go as they please and the police would not interfere with them as their numbers are to great and they are very dangerous. I was forced to move away, twice at major losses. There really need to be a clean up of these gangs in America.

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