More than two dozen violent gang members are behind bars following an investigation that started in March and involved numerous agencies.
Metro Captain John Leon said the 29 people arrested were identified as members of the 18th Street gang.
“We believe they are responsible for some of the worst crimes in our community,” he said. “The gang was involved in violent acts to include, but not limited to, homicide, robbery, battery with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, attempt murder, kidnapping, theft and the destruction of private property.”
The gang was also involved in trafficking and narcotics and involved in criminal activity at High Desert State Prison, Leon said.
Police believe the suspects were responsible for more than 50 felony crimes over an 18-month period. Drugs and guns were also seized during the arrests.
Metro’s Gang Unit, the Clark County District Attorney, Department of Corrections, Department of Homeland Security, the DEA, the Inspector General’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms all took part in the investigation.
WATCH: The news conference