TULARE COUNTY, Calif. — Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux held a news conference Thursday to provide updates on a major gang operation in the county.
The news comes after a months-long investigation that concluded in a large-scale operation. The gang crackdown was to dismantle a violent gang in Tulare County. Boudreaux said the gang members caught during the operation were responsible for over 30 drive-by shootings, multiple weapon and drug sales, and conspired with other gangs to commit similar crimes.
"Our investigation truly intensified when an 8-year-old girl was shot in Seville last September," said Bourdreaux. "She was rushed to the hospital but were happy to report that today she's recovered and doing very well."
The crackdown was titled Operation Stray Bullet and was focused on the areas of Orosi and Cutler. The gang members apprehended were with the Norteños criminal street gangs.
The operation conducted Thursday morning was executed by over 300 officers from Tulare, Kern, Kings and Fresno counties. They also worked alongside federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.