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49 Arrested, 120 Firearms Seized In Anti-Gang Operation

(AP) - California's top prosecutor says hundreds of law enforcement officers descended on a Northern California county Wednesday and arrested 49 alleged gang members and seized 120 firearms, including assault rifles and automatic weapons.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra says 500 local, state and federal officers swooped into dozens of Merced County neighborhoods in pre-dawn raids targeting Sureno gang members.

Officers also confiscated $170,261 in cash and seized cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine with a street value of $1.7 million.

Becerra says the raids come after a year-long investigation of violent crimes involving Sureno gang members working for the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

He says at least eight homicides and violent assaults have been solved.

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