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Courtesy LBPD
The Long Beach Police Department conducted a search warrant operation on Aug. 22 that resulted in the arrest of six individuals and the confiscation of weapons, drugs and currency.

The Long Beach Police Department’s West Division Directed Enforcement Team, with the assistance of the Gangs and Violent Crime Division and SWAT Team, conducted a search warrant operation on Aug. 22 that resulted in the arrest of six individuals and the confiscation of weapons, drugs and currency, according to police.

The search warrants were served at six different locations in Long Beach, as follow-up to investigations into gang-related incidents of violent crime that took place earlier this summer in the West Division area. Collectively, the operation resulted in five felony arrests and one misdemeanor arrest, and the seizure of seven firearms, a quantity of methamphetamine and $6,000 in cash.

Listed below are the locations of the residences where search warrants were served, and those taken into custody:
1900 block of Harbor Avenue
1400 block of Chestnut Avenue
2200 block of Baltic Avenue
1400 block of Parade Street
1000 block of Market Street
2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue

Rogelio Ayala, 40, of Long Beach was arrested for possession of illegal weapon (non-firearm) with a bail set at $80,000.
Edwin Lopez, 26, of Long Beach, was arrested for destruction of ID marks on firearms, with a bail set at $20,000.

Raymond Moreno, 34, of Long Beach, was arrested as an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition, with a bail set at $35,000.
Jonathan De La Torre, 19, of Long Beach, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and shooting at an occupied dwelling, with a bail set at $250,000.
Brandon Castillo, 19, of Long Beach, was arrested for outstanding warrants (narcotics and domestic battery), with a bail set at $85,000.

Additionally, a Long Beach minor who is 17 was arrested for possession of a controlled substance while armed.

“These types of operations will continue, to address violent crime taking place in our community, in efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe,” states a press release from the police department. “The LBPD would like to encourage residents to continue to report crime by calling the non-emergency number at (562) 435-6711 or 9-1-1.”

Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to a smartphone or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

Source: LBPD

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