FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police in Central California say a series of arrests they made has wiped out a motorcycle gang that trafficked drugs.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Tuesday that officers also arrested key leaders in a second street gang during a day-long sweep.
Authorities made a total of 17 arrests, while seizing 45 guns and 80 pounds of methamphetamine.
Dyer says the sweep is an example of the city's new strategy to fighting violent street crime by targeting the leaders of the worst gangs.
Fresno police teamed up with state and federal agencies in Tuesday's action, starting early in the morning.
Authorities say they executing 14 search warrants in Fresno. They also searched cells at the county jail and at a nearby federal prison.