San Diego police have arrested 55 people alleged to be part of the notorious Crips street gang after members took selfies at murder scenes.
The San Diego Police Department carried out raids all over the city on Thursday, involving 500 officers and nabbing 55 gang members in the process. Some of the members targeted were “junior members” who are believed to be behind a series of revenge killings in the area.
Police believe the gang is responsible for 33 percent of all of the crime in San Diego and 13 percent of all its murders. Along with the 55 members, the raid also netted more than 4,400 pounds of marijuana, $300,000 in counterfeit cash, 16 firearms, and 4.5 pounds of meth amphetamine.
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said “Today, we cut off the arm of the West Coast Crips.”
Among those arrested were members of the “3-Babiez” junior sub-group of the Crips, believed to be behind the murder of Chyrene Borgen. The gang members reportedly posed for selfies after killing the woman at a party.
The group is also accused of trying to shoot a pregnant woman after she “criticized their actions” but the woman survived.
Some of the members are also accused of using El Cajon Valley High School students as drug mules, employing them to smuggle meth across the Mexico-US border.
The case is made up of numerous charges. One federal complaint lists 17 gang members accused of five murders, several attempted murders, armed robbery, drug charges, money laundering, and prostitution.
A second federal complaint lists 12 people charged with using high schoolers to smuggle drugs.
The final complaint lists six people charged with trafficking guns and meth amphetamine.