FBI, LAPD crack down on Playboys gang members and associates, make racketeering arrests

The FBI and Los Angeles police joined other law enforcement agencies in a pre-dawn gang sweep Thursday, arresting more than a dozen Playboys 13 gang members in the part of a racketeering case that names about 40 of the gang’s top members.

Heavily armed FBI agents and police fanned out across the Eastside of Los Angeles and various surrounding communities, arresting those named in federal criminal court documents as part of a scheme that sold narcotics, assaulted enemies and sometimes led to murder.

Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI, confirmed that there had been at least a dozen arrests in connection with the gang investigation Thursday morning and that authorities were still looking for a small number of people accused of gang activities.

The Playboys are a gang of Southern California Surenos long associated with the Mexican Mafia prison gang. In 2017, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office traveled to the county to bar them from church property that they had made the center of their narcotics business.

Federal prosecutors are expected to release details of the charges associated with Thursday’s arrests later today, authorities said.


Los Angeles Times

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