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Operation Snake Eyes 25 gang member arrests after serving 20 search warrants in Monterey County

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A gang task force made 25 arrests Thursday after serving 20 search warrants in Monterey County, according to authorities. The Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force and the county’s Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force conducted a criminal investigation named “Operation Snake Eyes” focusing on Norteno gangs in Monterey County, including the Nuestra Familia.

According to authorities, the investigation began by targeting drug dealers in Salinas and eventually led to the arrest of a third outstanding suspect in the shooting of a Salinas police officer. More than 300 law enforcement officers from across California assisted in serving the warrants. Officers also made 22 related arrests in the investigation prior to Thursday, authorities said.

Of the 20 search warrants served Thursday, 15 were located in Salinas, one in Marina and one in Soledad. Three warrants were also served in unincorporated Monterey County. Among the items seized in the investigation Thursday were various firearms, drugs, vehicles and $69,000 in cash.

The arrests include conspiracy to distribute narcotics, possession of firearms, extortion, attempted robbery and attempted murder on a peace officer offenses, authorities said. According to the task force, many of the crimes were committed at the direction of, or for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

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