H-VENTURA COUNTY

Nov 20, 2013 4:22 PM by Associated Press

6 arrested in crackdown on Calif. gangs

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested six people in the latest crackdown on Ventura County street gangs believed to be working with the Mexican Mafia prison gang to control local drug trafficking.

A joint federal and local task force made the arrests on Wednesday.

Those arrested are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and face at least 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

Eleven other people also are charged with federal crimes. Eight already are in custody on unrelated charges and three are fugitives who may be in Mexico.

Authorities say the Ventura County gangs sold drugs obtained from the Mexican Mafia and collected so-called "taxes" on behalf of the prison gang.

The arrests were the third phase of an ongoing investigation dating back to 2011.

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