Law enforcement officials raided an area of East Palo Alto occupied by members of a street gang this morning as part of a Bay Area-wide operation involving city, state and federal agencies, according to the FBI.The raid in the 1400 block of Camellia Drive and Gardenia Way in East Palo Alto, which began at about 7 a.m., was part of a larger operation involving about 500 personnel at about 30 locations in cities including Menlo Park, San Jose, Oakland, Gilroy, San Mateo, Redwood City and Hayward. The 18-month-long gang investigation led to numerous search and arrest warrants throughout the Bay Area, East Palo Alto Police Department Capt. Carl Estelle said this morning near where the raid in the city took place.The East Palo Alto and Menlo Park-based Taliban gang started in 2002 and has members ranging in age from about 20 to 60 years old. Its members are suspected of being involved in homicides, drug and weapon trafficking, and robberies, according to FBI Special Agent Joseph Schadler.”We’re trying to dismantle the gang,” Schadler said. “They’re a bad bunch of folks.”
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