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* 21 Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Cruz Raid

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In response to a recent spate of gang violence in Santa Cruz County, a coalition of law enforcement agencies executed a raid Friday that yielded 21 arrests. Police contacted and identified more than 45 suspected gang members during the operation. The 21 people in custody face charges related to illegal weapons violations, possession of narcotics, alcohol-related violations and outstanding warrants.  Investigators also served 10 arrest warrants stemming from a two-month undercover drug-buy operation in Santa Cruz.  Five people were arrested in connection with that operation. They were identified as Steven Moore, 38, of Santa Cruz; Matthew Colon, 43, of Santa Cruz; Ladonia Miller, 33, of Santa Cruz; Lionel Clark, 27, of Santa Cruz; and Tommy Lee Jones Jr., 20, of Oakland.  Police are still looking for the other five suspected drug dealers.   The gang raid was organized and conducted by the Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and Capitola police departments, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, state parole agents, and officers from the Santa Cruz District Attorney’s Office and Santa Cruz County Probation Department. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited. [flash w=460 h=320 mode=0 f={image=}]

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