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More Alleged Avenues Gangsters and Associates Nabbed

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Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 7:00 AM

Five fugitives have been apprehended since the Drew Street crackdown last month.

Raul Carbajal and Jose Aviles turned themselves in to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast station on June 26. Two days later, LAPD officers arrested Carlos DeJesus Cervantes in the Drew Street area.

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Raul Carbajal

Luis Esteban Vargas was arrested July 1 by LAPD officers while driving on a suspended license. Vargas was carrying rock cocaine at the time of his arrest, according to Sarah Pullen, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Luis Vargas

Juana Orrostieta, 23, was picked up on July 7 by LAPD officers while walking down Drew Street. When she saw officers she tried to cover her face with an infant she was carrying, said Pullen.

On June 25, a multi-agency task force of 500 law enforcement officers swooped down on members of the Avenues gang on Drew Street. The crackdown netted 32 members or associates of the “Drew Street” clique of the Avenues.

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Jose Aviles

The operation, which began at 4 a.m., stemmed from a massive 157-page federal racketeering indictment targeting 70 members of the gang who lived on Drew Street in northeast Los Angeles. Federal and local law enforcement officers served 25 federal search warrants, and picked up 32 Avenues gang members and associates in the pre-dawn raids. Twenty-six of the gang members who were indicted were already in local and federal custody. Despite the massive sweep, more than a dozen gang members remained at large.

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