On January 17th, 2017

67 Arrested in Operation “Bad Blood” Targeting Inland Empire Gangs California DOJ Special Agents team with officers in a six-month-long investigation

FONTANA -  On January 12, 2017, the Fontana Police Department announced the conclusion of a six-month investigation that targeted two violent gangs in San Bernardino County.  The investigation led to the arrests of 67 suspects and the seizure of weapons, ammunition, prescription medications, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

Operation “Bad Blood” involved more than 350 law enforcement officers from the Fontana Police Department, the California Department of Justice, and Highway Patrol.

On January 12th, agents and officers arrested 35 people in San Bernardino County .  Thirty-two others were arrested earlier, during the course of the investigation.  Arrests were made for drugs, weapons and crimes relating from theft to murder.  In all, 24 illegal firearms were seized.

The operation targeted South Fontana and La Eme gangs operating in Fontana and surrounding areas of the Inland Empire.

“This operation had to make a significant impact by taking 67 suspected criminals, illegal weapons and drugs off the street,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “California Department of Justice special agents are well-trained and experienced for this type of work which is extremely dangerous.  I am thankful for the safety of the officers and agents who, for six months, worked this case so that citizens in these communities can breathe a little easier.”

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