Saturday, May 5, 2018

Operation Scarecrow: A Drop in the Bucket ; 85 Mexican Mafia Members Arrested in So Cal

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: SJ Mercury News


May 3, 2018

Authorities said the investigation was dubbed “Operation Scarecrow” because of its connection to a Mexican Mafia shot-caller with the street moniker “Crow.”

A major gang crackdown involving a variety of state and local agencies, and aimed at disrupting Mexican Mafia operations in Orange County, has yielded 85 arrests and taken “middle management” gang leaders off the streets, officials announced Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference in Santa Ana that the three-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Scarecrow,” was a joint effort that teamed up the state Department of Justice, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.

The investigation focused on the Sureños street gang in Orange County and its criminal activities directed by the Mexican Mafia. In addition to the arrests, the operation netted 36 firearms, 14 pounds of methamphetamine and three pounds of heroin.


“We will continue to hold accountable those who terrorize our communities and jeopardize our public safety,” Becerra said. “All families in California deserve to know that their loved ones, especially their children, are safe.”

Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes said the operation – one of the largest in county history – resulted in the arrests of many “middle management” gang members and prevented a number of violent crimes, including an attempted murder in Placentia.

So far, prosecutors have filed charges in 31 cases in Orange County and two in Los Angeles. The charges include weapons and drug violations, conspiracy, forgery, fraud and criminal street gang enhancements.


While the effort can disrupt Mexican Mafia operations, the arrests are a “drop in the bucket” compared to organization’s mass control over street gangs statewide, Barnes said.

“We share this information not to scare the public but to remind the residents of Orange County that this is a reality we face,” he said. “Criminal gang enterprises still continue to prey upon our community and we have to do everything we can to fight back.”

Barnes said the operation stemmed from an investigation into the shooting death of a man in San Juan Capistrano on Christmas Day in 2016. The case has not yet been solved, but the victim’s alleged gang ties led investigators into a network of criminal activity, he said.

     Peter Ojeda, longtime orange County Mexican Mafia Jefe Continues to Control Crime in Local                 Neighborhoods and Jails/Prisons After being sentenced to 15 Years in Prison in 2016

Press Conference:
Posted by Orange County Sheriff's Department, CA


Santa Ana, CA…Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens today announced the arrest of 85 individuals; seizure of 36 firearms, including assault weapons; seizure of 14 pounds of methamphetamine and three pounds of heroin; and the recovery of two stolen vehicles, as part of an investigation of Mafia members and associates operating in Orange County.


Apprehending dangerous criminals is my number-one priority. We will hold accountable those who terrorize our communities and jeopardize public safety,” said Attorney General Becerra. 

“The California Department of Justice will continue to work alongside our law enforcement partners to successfully disrupt and dismantle gang activity in the Golden State. I especially want to applaud the bravery and outstanding performance of the men and women involved in this operation. Thanks to them, Orange County neighborhoods are safer.”

“The success of this operation highlights the importance of collaborative partnerships amongst law enforcement agencies,” said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “The shared communication amongst our respective agencies have resulted in the removal of significant threats from our community. My hope is that these actions will send a message to criminal gangs that you are not welcome in Orange County.”

The arrests are the result of a three-month investigation targeting the Sureño criminal street gang subsets and their criminal enterprise directed by the Mexican Mafia. The California Department of Justice’s Special Operations Unit, California Highway Patrol, and Orange County Sheriff’s Department Gang Division worked in conjunction on this investigation.

This investigation, coupled with previous collaboration between the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and California Department of Justice, has led to the largest crackdown on gang activity in the state this year, preventing a total of five violent crimes including two attempted murders.

The Special Operations Unit is a collaborative investigative effort between the California Department of Justice and California Highway Patrol that provides statewide enforcement to combat violent career criminals, gangs, and organized crime groups, along with intrastate drug traffickers.


As a result of the investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s South Gang Enforcement Team and California Department of Justice filed thirty-one cases with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and two cases with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.


75 comments:

  1. Keep getting those tattoos boys!!! You will end up looking like that guy.

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    1. Yeah ok, some hand made cholo tat gun did those bozo. Thats why they look like crap. Moron.

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    2. How about they jail corrupt politicians and jail all illegal immigrants.

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    3. Wow a couple ounces and 2000 dlls in cash! What a big blow!

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    4. All tacas look like shit when you get old.

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    5. Wonder what kind of prison politics would come from that I mean immigrants on one side politicians on the other .....hmmm

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    6. 9:31 Politicians would get the shitty end of the stick on their hands, and then they would get it rammed up their ass.
      That would be poetic justice.

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  2. All that work for 36 firearms a few pounds of H and some crystal ... Wow I bet they get to see off when there operation and investigation doesn't have any pay out

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    1. Maybe they didn't get a ton of drugs,, but more importantly they got many criminals! Imagine how much crime they prevented by putting them in prison ( and deporting them afterwards lol)

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    2. Well said. What was the cost of the "operation"?
      Border cops find that amount of drugs everyday.
      The 36 guns is nothing.
      Niw we have to hose and feed these criminals for the next XX years?
      Its not working!

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    3. Their mistake is being in a minority gang.
      Whens the last time the Government tarheted the aryan brotherhood? Or the skinheads?
      Those are threats to national security. Those white supremacist groups are anti-government.
      These hommies just trying to make a living, without having to show up for a 9 to 5. They can care less about what goes on in eashington.

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    4. It's because we won the war on drugs.

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    5. Because the AB and white power groups are a joke compared to to eme. The media uses the hate group white power shit to push a lefty agend. 1,000,000 times more likely to be mugged by any broke asshole of whatever color than attached based on being non white by some skinheads. No one buys into their shit, and unlike black power and brown pride type groups and propaganda, neo nazi types are widely shunned and forces to stay on the fringes. Aside from the CNN type lying outlets, most “white” people, whatever one considers white, don’t give a shit about those borderline morons and the handful of disenfranchised kids. Bottom line is, any hate and violence comes from children having shitty parents or no parents and latching onto some type of family, from black and brown street gangs to skinhead gangs. Stop incentivizing the government to play daddy for poor and broken families and don’t look to the state to perform the duties of the family. The far left and far right want nothing more than to replace the family in order to push their shitty agendas and lies.
      Finesse in Texass

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    6. the ills of society come from allowing too many corporate welfare queens to get their little hands in the public till with welfare programs for the rich and the well off.
      if you are so fine, you can add the public welfare the US government has spent in food stamps for the poor, obamacheck, obama phones and social security payments for lobster eating beach boys and lazy retirees... all the way back to FDR... and discover that is is not even 10% of the moneys the US owes around the worldand that that was all funded by the US taxpayers and fully paid year by year...
      government is not suppossed to feed the greedy with the resources from thirty years of future projected taxes to supporte their greedy lobbyists and their employers and their mind programming of the vulnerable kool-aid addicts or to protect them from the fallout from their stupidity, after all they chose freely and fully informed what their lives are like, they own all the best education around...

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    7. 9:23 You make a mistake linking the Ayran Brotherhood with skinhead/neo-nazi gangs. Two different things. AB is a prison based gang. Originally, from Calif. and all Irish. And they aren't a joke. Neo Nazis and skinheads are something else.

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    8. My buddy, and illegal alien Irish immigrant told me those are not irish, I ask him what are they then?
      He said "those are a bunch of drug addicted motherfackers"
      I ask him HOW DO KNOW?
      He said "I sell them their drugs"

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  3. What a stupid gangs in usa🤣..hard take them serious!

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    1. Some gang members make $50,000 a year from inside prison.

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    2. Alot of us folks who actually did the right thing make double that and we don't have to watch our ass.

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    3. there are some fine looking sanchas and borregas on the mugs chart, i checked hoping to find la Chiva , but no luck, the gun posession charges are all taken care of, not illegal to posess weapons for self defense...LOL. in the end one or two guys may get 6 months in the slammer

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  4. Small potatoes...

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  5. Street dummies lol nowhere near the upper echelon yet..

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  6. Some of them look like scarecrows

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  7. Talk bad about them oh whatever you want but respects to them they’ll get to you no matter what if they wanted to, you or a family member or a love one would eventually go to jail oh prison and you will pay.. RESPECTS to the California prison system... from Houston Texas

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    1. Cállate el osico mamon!

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    2. Órale Vato!

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    3. that is true 11:19. If you roll with the South side , they will find everything they can of you. You can not get away with these people. some of these dudes look like small time street punks that you can take down in a fist fight , but inside , these soldados will execute an order.

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    4. Same shit in every prison, nothing new once inside you're in there with them nothing special about them reaching you once inside anybody can get done up. That doesn't count as any special intel they found out about you, everyone knows what everyone did it just depends if you act on it or not!

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    5. Of course Cali has no death penalty so any gang can commit anything up to murder and not worry about being toast.
      Even when Cali had a death penalty it took the state up to 40 years to fry a person so murderers just laughed at the system.

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  8. in my opinion and from my somewhat knowledge in so cal gang politics , this doesnt even put a dent on their money or even structure, they are too well structured , the control too much weight for a couple of pounds to be seized , the real shot callers are in the SHU , some are in mexico and some but very few in the streets , they onluly have about 100 full blown carnal members so what does this do to the organization? I say nothing , they should just give the death penalty to all these scums in the SHU inmy opinion

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  9. It just bolsters the organization in prison when guys get locked up and when they don't profit on crime outside instead. Some even asprire to end up in prison so that they can join the movement that's like the major league.

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    1. 4:09 they chose to go to prison for their PhD in Crookology, but a few are well connected to private Corrections Corporations of America before they do their first point

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  10. Hard take usa street level " gangs" serious cuz you dont see any elements of organized crime..only a street losers who fuck around with this kids stuf like bandanas grafity and all this colour shit!

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  11. A drop in the bucket indeed!
    These individuals are more likely to commit forgetfulness infractions for not taking prescription medication.
    But every little bit counts.

    E42

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    1. Complain, complain, complain just like everybody else. Authorities are damned if they don't do something about crime and dammed if they do.

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    2. 12:24 Well, the government should not be trying to feed us or anybody else their Beany BS and tell us it's Poppycock with Peanuts...

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  12. How many millions of dollars went into this low level "bust" ?

    The little packs of swallowed junk look like these guys were already used to prison.

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    1. 7:25 guns and drugs from the evidence room are free, but using confiscated money hurts a lot, you have to go back on the street to make it good.

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  13. For you to say 85 members of the Mexican Mafia have been arrested is inaccurate at best. The people in those pictures are just drug dealers that MAY get their drugs from someone that's cliqued up. I doubt if there's 85 members on the streets in all of Ca. It doesn't work that way. They don't pass out membership like other gangs. Few really get in. Most are just associated.

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  14. And the San Jose Mercury is a northern/buster newspaper.

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    1. Ya tu sabes chico. I sort of laughed ,not all sureños are mafia, they just take orders from the big homies which most are crack heads living in the projects if not homeless.

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    2. There's Surenos up here too.

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    3. Surreños and Nortiados, pure creme de la caca.

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  15. I praise law enforcement for tackling these dope pushers and extortionists but these investigations are extremely flawed. If you give someone a ride or let them borrow your phone and they are conducting illegal activities while they’re under investigation you will automatically be part of the investigation and will be included in the sweep. It’s also a tactic to get any and all information you may know. In my case my relative was part of a sweep and I had my house raided where they confiscated my 11 guns including AR 15’s with one AK which were plastered all over the local press. I got them all back as they’re CA legal. Had to lawyer up and get my bail reduced and eventually have my non existing case dismissed. For most individuals they couldn’t afford a lawyer which meant they couldn’t bail out. Several innocent individuals had to plea to misdemeanor charges because if you can’t afford your bail you have to wait for your trial to be dismissed and these cases can take years to be tried. I always thought that people arrested in these cases were certainly guilty but not until you live it you’ll then understand that you are guilty until proven innocent!

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    1. 8:14 "you praise"
      Brownie pointer.

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  16. https://www.ocregister.com/2016/05/09/longtime-oc-mexican-mafia-chief-gets-15-years-for-running-streets-from-inside/

    Read this and understand.

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    1. Yes, thank you, I did read that

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    2. They must setup some jails in Alaska to cool down those from the south

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    3. Nomás con leer "ALASKA"
      Se me quitan las ganas de andar ahi de caliente.
      In Alaska your ass freezes all by itself, then the polar bears come and eat you con todo y calzones.

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  17. Cali prison system is a racket. You don't know what you are talking about. Have you done time?

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  18. Hold up! Is this correct ??? “Assault rifles” confiscated from bad hombres in California??
    I thought such weapons were illegal in California ??? Oh maybe gun laws just work on good law abiding samaritans. Hmmm.

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    1. Yes some arms are illegal, criminals are caught with weapons, more jail time. You dig.

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  19. 11:19 you could respect the wrongfully imprisoned,
    but real criminal convicts deserve nothing but double sentences and no coupons for the commissary courtesy of the taxpayers or cash accounts set up by the big fat old women that hope to marry a convict that the government will warehouse for the free of cost...
    --Deport the maphukas, but wait, I am sure 99% of them are US Born...

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  20. Good, it'll just facilitate and grow our operations even stronger in riverside county and San Diego county aswell as San Bernardino county! 85 sureños get arrested but 185 are ready and willing to stand up and fill those positions with pride and pleasure. Fierro desde Riva esta mich lacras

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    1. Put the pipe down smokey. You don't make any sense.

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    2. La neta, these arrests are like junior high graduating class.
      Include some held back for one or two more years of schooling.

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  22. They should’ve just put the Kydex sheath next to that Karambit. It makes for a better presentation. Thats a nasty blade there. It’s only purpose is to bring out innards. - Sol Prendido

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  23. You have to kill these guys. They dont care about prison. They run that ish.

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    1. More like send them to an Island and have them work to sustain themselves. Thats the problem with most this guys and all bad guys. They are lazy and in prison they pretty much get everything for free, s#!7 even better health care than a hard working honest person. I know afew that even say that is better and safer for them inside, than outside.

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    1. What a moron biter, the topic is captiure of gang members. Also California is not bankrupt, continues to grow. And we're all getting tired, using Trump's word S Hole, be original, instead of a crybaby.

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    2. first off stop reading whatever garbage you are reading. I have lived in Tx and NorCal and SoCal ...btw stop saying 'cali' you show your ignorance. tx has nice people. that sums it up. cal has everything good incl weather, high paying jobs, which you will need if you want to buy a home. we are racially diversified and are the fifth largest economy in the world largest with only United States, China, Japan and Germany ahead.

      the only bad, besides moonbeam, is taxes. so if you po best stay away.

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    3. 8:48 GOVERNOR MOON BEAM, and his daddy are some of the best things that ever happened to california, and remember that the "po" don't have to pay taxes except when buying stuff like gas for the lambo...

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    4. You folks who don’t like Gov Jerry “ Moonbeam “ , what are you 30 yrs old ? Gimme a break..........and while your at it , pls move to Tennessee or Georgia where you will find like minded company. California IS overcrowded and so is the planet.

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    5. California has the 5th largest economy in the world.

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  25. Keep locking em up. Good job.

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  26. All bullshit hype to make stanton Pigs look good. Cant attests for everybody pictured but will say few pictured have ZERO TIES with what this article states. Woulnt be suprised if All are innocent and framed by them
    Pig po po’s
    Fuk Pigz

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    1. Yes and you drive a low Rider.

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  27. I am on neither sides of any criminal operation... i do feel that the mexican mafia keeps everyone in order on the usa.. i dont think its a good idea to go after them

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    1. De Mafia don't keep USS in order, there are streets that have pot holes, people can barely afford the rents that are going up. Luna Apagtha

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  28. the u.s. isnt mexico you break the laws in the u.s. and youll be imprisoned so long youll lose your sanity

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  29. What good does arresting them do when you just release them and let the inflow continue on our souther borders ??

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