BOYLE HEIGHTS — Federal authorities today began arresting members of the Big Hazard Gang that officials say is connected to the Mexican Mafia and engaged in a wide range of criminal activity, including illegal drug and weapons sales as well as robberies and hate crimes.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office released an indictment today against 38 members of the gang, which has used the Ramona Gardens public housing project as a base of operations, according to the indictment, a copy of which was posted online by the L.A. Times.
Big Hazard, named after a nearby park, has been around since the 1940s and now includes about 350 members, who collected “taxes” generated by the criminal activities of other gangs in the area . The gang has controlled its territory “through threats, intimidation, hate crimes and acts of violence committed against local residents and rival gangs,” according to the indictment.
Weapons seized today and throughout investigation by investigators in the task force from today’s Big Hazard Takedown pic.twitter.com/2dfNkn0Y72
— Melissa Masatani (@mmasatani) December 10, 2014