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Published on April 13, 2024
Palmdale OSS Detectives Spearhead Major Gang Crackdown with Multi-Agency Sting, Suspected Shooters Among Five ArrestedSource: Facebook/Palmdale Sheriff's Station

Palmdale became the epicenter of law enforcement's battle against gang violence when the notorious "Most Wanted Criminals" gang was targeted in a sweeping April sting, authorities say. The sting came after a February 24 shooting near 35th Street East and East Avenue S-4, where two alleged gang members were later identified as the shooters. The investigation by Palmdale OSS Detectives led to a broader crackdown on the gang's operations throughout the Antelope Valley.

In a major show of force on April 11, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, in cooperation with federal agents from the FBI and local law enforcement, carried out thirteen search warrants in cities including Palmdale, Lancaster, Van Nuys, and Chula Vista. OSS Detective Kenneth Borbon said, "This operation underscores the unwavering commitment of law enforcement agencies to safeguard our communities from violent criminal elements." The operation netted five gang members, including those suspected in the February shooting, and disrupted a gamut of their criminal activities.

Detectives seized an arsenal of six firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, narcotics valued at around fourteen thousand dollars, and gang paraphernalia, which were being used to terrorize local communities. Furthermore, the law enforcement's diligent efforts were documented through body-worn cameras, with one hundred twenty-five cameras activated to collect evidence that could secure convictions.

Sergeant Christian Scott, speaking about the raid, pointed out the effectiveness of the multi-agency operation in a report shared on the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Facebook page. He emphasized the collective strategic approach towards combating organized crime and, ensuring the safety of the public. The community reclaiming its sense of security is a testament to the operation's success, which also serves as a stern warning to those, who choose to engage in gang-related activities.

The Sheriff's Department has urged anyone with additional information to come forward and assist in their ongoing investigations. Tips can be given anonymously through "Crime Stoppers" at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by using the online resources and mobile apps provided by the law enforcement agency.