Ok Im sorry but thats a lame name for a gang, first off. Second off, these big busts that Law Enforcement often makes where they lay all of the dope, guns, hookers and/or bullets on a table at the station, is really just a photo op. Even though they may have arrested some key figures, this is just a small win as the War continues. Still the cops like it because they get thier pic in the paper. Peep the info on the “raid”:
“Today we have taken another step in the eradication of gangs in the Antelope Valley,” Sheriff Leroy Baca said at a news conference Wednesday, flanked by city, state and federal officials. “Specifically, we have dismantled the command structure of the gang formerly known as Lancas 13. Lancas 13 is a sophisticated criminal enterprise with defined leadership and association with the Mexican Mafia. They have been known to victimize the community by committing murders, drive-by shootings, assaults with deadly weapons, narcotics distribution, burglaries, thefts, prostitution and criminal conspiracy.”
- Members of the Antelope Valley Gang Task Force served 40 federal and state warrants during the sweep. Deputy Johnie Jones of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said 10 of the people arrested were under federal indictment, including the entire command structure of the gang. Among those arrested was the alleged head of the gang, Troy Larson.
- Jones said the Lancas 13 gang was formed in the 1980s and was associated with the Mexican Mafia.
- Twenty-two weapons and a small amount of narcotics were also seized during the raid, Jones said.
- Five children were taken into protective custody and seven others will be monitored by the county’s Department of Family Services.
- During a year-long investigation into the gang, 97 felony arrests have been made and 51 weapons seized, sheriff’s officials said.
- The 10 suspects being charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office have been indicted for conspiracy to distribute narcotics, weapons violations and participating in a street gang.
- This gang has “been causing a lot of grief,” Jones said. “Formed in the 1980s, by 2009 it had 150 members and was one of the larger and more aggressive gangs in the northern part of the county.
- “The community has been victimized by the gang committing drive-by shootings, assaults with deadly weapons, narcotics distribution, burglaries, thefts, prostitution and criminal conspiracy as well as two murders, one of them across the street from Palmdale High School,” Jones said.