16 arrested in Tucson on crackdown of street gang

TUCSON, AZ - Police in Tucson say 16 people are in custody and more than 80 firearms seized in law enforcement operation targeting the Eastside Crips gang.

They say search warrants were served Wednesday morning at nine Tucson locations, primarily on the east side.

Tucson police, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives carried out the operation which involved more than 200 law enforcement personnel.

Authorities have linked associates and members of the Eastside Crips to shootings, homicides, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, trafficking in firearms and violent crimes.

Police say the names of those in custody weren't immediately released because additional arrests are pending.

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