by Michael Ferraresi – Feb. 6, 2010 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic Authorities say gang investigators in the past week arrested 23 of 34 people accused of fueling a prominent street gang known as one of the more-violent groups in south Phoenix.
The arrests and indictments were announced Friday.
Police arrested 118 gang associates in addition to those indicted.
The operation targeted gang members and associates involved in drugs, prostitution and violence primarily in the area between 15th and Seventh avenues south of Buckeye Road, according to police.
South Mountain Precinct officers worked with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and other organizations after they noticed a spike in drug-related activity in the area.
“When you get down to the street-level guys like this, these are the ones terrorizing the neighborhoods,” said Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson, a former police officer.