- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dozens of people have been arrested in a crackdown on a Southern California street gang that authorities claim committed a string of killings, robberies and drug crimes.

Federal, state and local authorities raided dozens of San Diego County locations Wednesday and Thursday. Authorities say that counting previous arrests, some 50 people have been taken into custody during a yearlong investigation of the West Coast Crips.

Authorities also have seized drugs, guns and $300,000 in counterfeit bills.

Federal prosecutors allege that Crips members or associates killed five people, committed armed robberies and were involved in high-speed chases, prostitution, money laundering, drug dealing and witness intimidation.

One complaint claims that last fall, high school students were recruited to smuggle methamphetamine into the U.S. from Mexico.

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