Inland Southern California task force makes numerous arrests
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of arrests have been made by an inland Southern California law enforcement task force targeting an effort by imprisoned gang members to influence local street gangs in San Bernardino.
The San Bernardino Police Department says the multi-agency task force was created following the Jan. 18, 2017, murder of Carmen Rodriguez, the wife of a then-Mexican Mafia member who was in Pelican Bay State Prison.
The department says months of investigation led to 86 arrests for various weapons, conspiracy, auto theft and narcotic charges.
The probe also developed evidence that led to five men being charged with the murder of Rodriguez. Authorities say three of the defendants were in prison when the murder was planned and carried out.