Ten people were taken into custody Tuesday in Orange County in a drug and firearms investigation dubbed "Operation Western Front."
The raid was part of a 16-month probe into gang activity and narcotics violations centered in Stanton, a small city in central Orange County.
Authorities said that as part of the investigation, agents were able to purchase 17 firearms, nearly nine pounds of
In the last few weeks, a federal grand jury in Orange County returned eight indictments charging 11 people with felony possession of a firearm, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of counterfeit currency -- with officers arresting two of those defendants Tuesday morning. Eight others were previously taken into custody.
An additional 22 defendants have been named in state complaints -- eight of whom also were nabbed Tuesday, according to officials.
The investigation was led by the federal
Orange County Sheriff
said her department "has a proud tradition of working collaboratively with our federal, state and local partners. This investigation demonstrates the impact and effectiveness of law enforcement partnerships."