Federal, state and local law enforcement officers served warrants in four East Bay cities Thursday, arresting seven alleged members of a violent Oakland gang in the latest effort to stem a surge of deadly crime within the city, authorities said.
Acting Oakland police chief Sean Whent said the raids were part of the on-going ‘Operation Ceasefire.’
“Ceasefire has identified violent offenders who are associated with gangs and are responsible for homicides, shootings and robberies in our city,” he said. “When those individuals chose not to stop the violence and continue to participate in crime, we will find them and arrest them.”
This portion of Operation Ceasefire, authorities said, began in March and focused on the Money Team gang which also goes by the name of the ENT Gang.
“It’s a very violent Oakland street gang and has been involved in a violent conflict with another Oakland street gang,” said Oakland Police Lieutenant Tony Jones.
Seven warrants were served in East Oakland with one each in Hayward, Fremont and Antioch.
Whent said while seven suspects had been taken into custody, law enforcement officers were looking for others named in the warrants. He would not confirm that they were targeting 10 gang members in total.
“We are focused on the most violent, active gangs in Oakland,” he said. “This operation is designed to impact their ability to conduct crime in the city.”
“We believe that while these are the most violent gangs, conducting violent crime, their day job is really committing robberies and burglaries in the city,” he added.
Oakland police officers were joined in the sweep by U.S. Marshals, the FBI, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, the Contra Costa County Sheriff, the San Leandro police, Fremont police, Alameda police and Hayward police.
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