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Gang sweep nabs fifty gang members, investigators say

More than 100 firearms, more than a million dollars’ worth of drugs, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash were seized according to police. | PHOTOS: Atwater Police Department

More than fifty gang members are now off the streets in Merced County after a big sweep this morning.

Pictures from the Atwater Police Department show more than 100 firearms, more than a million dollars’ worth of drugs, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash that were seized.

The Merced County District Attorney's office and the Attorney General's office say nearly 500 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers served warrants in this year-long investigation. Investigators say at least eight homicide and violent crimes have been solved, and 16 more in the planning stages were prevented as a result of the sweep.

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