(FOX 11 / CNS) Authorities today served arrest warrants during the latest phase of "Operation Thumbs Down,'' a 30-month investigation targeting a South Los Angeles street gang.
The investigation targeted members and associates of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips, a South Los Angeles street gang that ranks among the Los Angeles Police Department's top targeted street gangs,'' authorities said.
So far, 23 defendants currently charged in federal indictments have been taken into custody in the investigation that began in 2011.
The indictments filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles and unsealed this morning charge the defendants for their roles in a drug distribution network.
The violations charged in the indictments include possession of cocaine base (crack) with intent to distribute, conspiracy, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Four defendants charged already were in custody on unrelated charges, and six are considered fugitives sought by task force members. It was unclear how many arrests took place this morning.