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FBI Task Force Arrests Two Members of San Jose Sureno Gang

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The arrests this morning of two members of a Sureno street gang in San Jose by an FBI task force has effectively ended the gang’s existence as a criminal group, an FBI spokesman said. The FBI’s Santa Clara County Violent Gang Task Force served arrest warrants at 6 a.m. in San Jose on the two suspects, who are not being named, FBI spokesman Peter Lee said. The two suspects, arrested on suspicion of gang-related charges, were to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in San Jose this morning, Lee said. Lee said he could not reveal many details about the arrests because the indictments of the two gang members are under seal, but their San Jose-based gang was called the Sur Santos Pride.

The arrests of the pair means the end of the gang’s activities in San Jose since the FBI task force, made up of local law enforcement officers, raided 14 businesses and residences and arrested about 20 other gang members on Jan. 30, Lee said. “The task force’s efforts uprooted a known violent gang with ties to the Sureno gang named the Sur Santos Pride, based out of San Jose,” Lee said. “It’s a huge win for us and the task force,” Lee said. The two people arrested were suspected of being “trigger pullers” for the gang, according to the FBI.

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