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Coordinated arrests grab local gang members

Operation involving several agencies has 31 people in custody

Nearly three dozen Portland gang members and associates have been arrested as part of a coordinated operation involving federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Police said 31 people were taken into custody during the sweep. The operation is expected to result in more arrests before it is through.

Elected and law enforcement officials are scheduled to release details of the operation and arrests at an afternoon press conference.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, the operation is intended to make neighborhoods safer by reducing gang violence, which has increased throughout the year.

Police said an investigation focused on the Rollins 60s Crip gang and other members from Portland's most violent gangs. So far, the sweep has resulted in 13 federal indictments for a variety of drug, weapons and other offenses.

Portland police said the operation included the bureau's Gang Enforcement Team, the Gun Task Force, the Metro Gang Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Multnomah County district attorney's office and the U.S. attorney's office for Oregon.

In addition to the federal indictments, 68 gang members or gang associates were identified with local and state arrest warrants for various crimes. During the past week, members of the Metro Gang Task Force, Gang Enforcement Team, precinct Neighborhood Response Teams, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and other law enforcement partners have attempted to locate and arrest people listed in the indictments as well as those with existing arrest warrants.

During the afternoon press conference, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall, police Chief Mike Reese, Pastor Mark Strong and Latino Network Executive Director Carmen Rubio are expected to talk with reporters about the sweep. Among other things, they are expected to discuss the need for long-term crime prevention, education and intervention programs.

So far in 2011, there have been 99 Gang Enforcement Team calls to investigate Measure 11 crimes like shootings, stabbings and serious assaults. There have also been 366 gang members arrested for Measure 11 crimes like shootings, domestic violence, compelling prostitution and gun charges.

The following people were arrested on outstanding federal indictments:

Pedro Cruz Gonzales, 32, Sex Trafficking.

Olutosin Oni, 31, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Distribution of Crack Cocaine.

Jaray Davis21, Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Izear Nike Sweet, 34, Distribution of Crack Cocaine.

Emanuel Dante Hall, 24, Felon in Possession of a Firearm (3 Counts).

Clarence Eddie Ratcliff, 38, Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Christopher Philpot, 30, Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Andi Clewis Jackson Jr., 34, Felon in Possession of a Firearm (3 Counts).

Alfred Darnell Warren, 38, Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

All were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.