VICTORVILLE – Around 30 arrests were made during a joint special enforcement operation conducted by the San Bernardino County Victorville City Gang Enforcement Team, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) with assistance from the Apple Valley and Hesperia City Gang Enforcement Teams, High Desert Regional Gang Enforcement Team and San Bernardino County Probation. The 10-month long investigation targeting criminal str
The 10-month long investigation targeting criminal street gangs operating in Victorville led to the 30 arrests, 10 search warrants, 5 pounds of seized Heroin, ¼ pound of Cocaine, 18 pounds of processed Marijuana, over 200 unprocessed Marijuana plants, 200 prescription pills and 24 firearms.
The investigation determined that “Below Underground”, a criminal street gang is responsible for the illicit drugs and violent crimes throughout the City of Victorville and other High Desert communities. Below Underground according to Sheriff’s officials recruits members from the community, mostly children from the neighborhoods and local schools. Members and associates of the gang sell drugs and weapons to grow their criminal organization and instill fear within the community.
On April 25, 2017, arrest warrants were issued for 21 documented gang members and other associates of Below Underground Criminal Street Gang, Compton Varrio 117th Criminal Street gang, Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, and High Desert Deuces Motorcycle Club.
Those arrest warrants are for conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription drugs, and various weapon violations. On Tuesday, May 10, 2017, the arrest warrants were served to suspects in Victorville, Apple Valley, and Hesperia.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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