Sep 16, 2020
18 arrested as part of FBI investigation into illegal ghost guns, narcotics sales in California
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An FBI-led task force arrested 18 people on suspicion of narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses, including the illegal sale of “ghost guns,” on Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, authorities said.
In all, 25 suspects were named in seven indictments as a result of Operation “Black Phoenix,” said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Four of the suspects already were in custody and authorities were working to find three outstanding suspects.
Among those arrested were Dau Quay Duong, 53, and Christopher Nguyen, 47, both of Ontario. The two men were accused of selling five AR-15 rifles with no make, model or serial number, Mrozek said.
In a separate indictment, Jonathan Domingo Go, 47, of Torrance, was charged with illegally selling three pistols, including a 5.56-caliber assault pistol described as a ghost gun with no manufacturing mark or serial number, Mrozek said.
Authorities also seized 28 pounds of methamphetamine, a quarter-pound of cocaine and crack cocaine and 16 firearms during the execution of search warrants, Mrozek said.
In six indictments, various defendants were accused of at least one transaction involving a pound or more of methamphetamine, Mrozek said. One indictment accuses at least some of the defendants of a series of six methamphetamine sales that involved one pound or more.
Some of the suspects were arrested in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire, while one was arrested in Orange County, Mrozek said.
The defendants face charges including conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute narcotics and substantive narcotics trafficking offenses, Mrozek said. They face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in federal prison if convicted.
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Cops rescue five missing kids as hundreds arrested – including six homicide suspects – in massive gang takedown
The operation targeted gang activity in the Oklahoma City area, according to local station KOCO, and went after offenders who committed high-profile crimes.1A massive gang takedown in Oklahoma City resulted in the arrest of 262 people
The 60-day takedown, called "Operation Triple Beam" led to 262 arrest in total and targeted criminals responsible for crimes like homicide, felony assault, sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery and arson.
Of the 262 people arrested, authorities said 141 of them are confirmed gang members and six were homicide suspects.
Twenty-one were assault suspects, another 21 were burglary suspects, 88 were weapons offense suspects and 57 were drug offense suspects, according to a press release from the US Marshals service.
Five children who were missing and thought to be in danger were also rescued safely.
The operation also turned up 72 firearms, more than nine kilograms of narcotics and nearly $17,000 cash.
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"Our primary goal with operations like OTB is to make communities safer," Johnny Kuhlman, US Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma, said.
"When we arrest these violent fugitives, we are also removing guns and narcotics from our streets."
"We believe these efforts have an immediate, positive impact on the communities we serve."