State and local authorities say at least 18 suspects affiliated with a notorious street gang have been arrested during a series of early morning raids in Oakland.
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said the sweeps began about 5 a.m. Friday at more than a dozen locations across town involving alleged members of the Case Gang.
Jordan said the gang has been involved in some of the city's most violent crimes and that more arrests are likely.
Attorney General Kamala Harris said more than 160 agents from the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted police with the arrests and helping serve nearly two-dozen search warrants.
Oakland Deputy Police Chief Eric Breshears said that several firearms, including an assault rifle, were also seized during the multiagency raids that are part of Oakland police's ongoing Operation Ceasefire anti-crime initiative.