FBI, LAPD Arrest Dozens of Alleged Gang Members in East L.A. Area; More Sought

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A suspect is processed in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday morning as authorities moved to arrest dozens of Los Angeles gang members indicted under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statutes. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

A suspect is processed in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday morning as authorities moved to arrest dozens of Los Angeles gang members indicted under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statutes. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Twenty-five members of an East Los Angeles street gang were arrested and five more were being tracked as fugitives as hundreds of agents swarmed the Eastside on Wednesday in an operation authorities said was aimed at weakening a gang that has been rooted in the community for decades.

The gang has been active in Boyle Heights for 50 years, officials said, describing the raids as a "day of accountability."

Photos released by the FBI Dec. 10, 2014, show seven men wanted in connection with federal indictments related to criminal gang activity at the Ramona Gardens housing complex in Boyle Heights. Top row, left to right: Jose Lizarraga, Michael Mercado, Jerry Sala, David Smith. Bottom row, left to right: Javier Gutierrez, Luis Ortiz, Raymond Montes.

Photos released by the FBI Dec. 10, 2014, show seven men wanted in connection with federal indictments related to criminal gang activity at the Ramona Gardens housing complex in Boyle Heights. Top row, left to right: Jose Lizarraga, Michael Mercado, Jerry Sala, David Smith. Bottom row, left to right: Javier Gutierrez, Luis Ortiz, Raymond Montes.

Federal prosecutors announced a sweeping indictment Wednesday morning against the Boyle Heights-based street gang, which they say has “deep ties” to the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

At least 38 members of the Big Hazard gang were indicted under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statutes, federal officials said.

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