For release on March 20, 2015   CONTACT:
Marisa McKeown, Supervising Deputy District Attorney 
(408) 792-2608   OPERATION RED OCTOBER TARGETS NUESTRA FAMILIA   After a multi-month, wide-ranging law enforcement investigation, two dozen San Jose–based members and associates of Nuestra Familia, a violent prison and street gang, face dozens of felony charges ranging from a conspiracy to smuggle drugs, weapons and cell phones into jail to attempted murder.   “Operation Red October” – named for the gang’s colors and the month of a major raid - led to the arrest and seizure of thousands of dollars in illicit cash, methamphetamines, guns, and coded gang communications called “kites.” Some kites included organizational charts, explicit directions on what kind of weapons should be in their personal arsenals, and the deadline for killing someone.   The suspects, some of whom had street monikers such as Pistol, Monster and Bam Bam, could face major prison time, if convicted. Their trial date is scheduled for April 13. Six of the charged suspects remain fugitives.   For months, the FBI’s Santa Clara County Violent Gang Task Force reviewed hundreds of coded gang writings, and interviewed high-ranking Nuestra Familia sources.  The investigation revealed that incarcerated Nuestra Familia were using the kites – smuggled in and out using prisoners’ body cavities – to direct street gang members to commit robberies, sell drugs and handle “removals” - gang code for killings.   The investigation was a collaboration of the DA’s Office with the FBI, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, San Jose Police Department, Campbell Police Department, Santa Clara County Probation, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, DEA, CHP, Mountain View, the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, Santa Clara, Milpitas and Gilroy Police Departments.    Earlier this month, a county grand jury indicted the suspects.   ###

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