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Anaheim 'Operation Halo' nets 49 arrests, 40 guns, meth

Authorities say 49 violent criminals from Anaheim were arrested on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, for crimes ranging from drug trafficking to homicide. During the investigation, authorities seized 40 guns, including sawed-off shotguns, assault-style weapons and semi-automatic handguns.
August 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities say 49 violent criminals from Anaheim were arrested Friday for crimes ranging from drug trafficking to homicide.

More than 100 federal agents and police officers fanned out across Orange County as part of Operation Halo, a one-year investigation conducted jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Anaheim Police Department into alleged criminal activities of career criminals and members of a street gang known as Eastside Anaheim.

During the investigation, authorities seized 40 guns, including sawed-off shotguns, assault-style weapons and semi-automatic handguns. They also got a hold of about 11 pounds of methamphetamine, cash and one explosive device.

Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said Operation Halo began in June 2011 and was in no way a response to recent demonstrations against fatal police shootings in the city.


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