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Eight Suspected Gang Members Arrested in Valley Sweep

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Eight suspected gang members were arrested today and four firearms confiscated during a sheriff's gang task force operation primarily conducted in the eastern Coachella Valley.

The operation got underway about 5 a.m., with members of the Coachella Valley Crime Gang Task Force serving search warrants at 14 locations in Coachella, Thermal, Indio and Palm Desert, according to sheriff's Sgt. Michael Tapp.

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According to the sergeant, the warrants ``stem from gang violence and shootings that have occurred within Coachella and surrounding areas.''

The arrestees were identified as:
   -- Robert Cruz, 36, of Coachella, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation;
   -- Francisco Lopez, 46, of Coachella, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia;
   -- Roman Martinez, 23, of Indio, on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm;
   -- Robert Moreno, 33, of Coachella, on suspicion of public intoxication;
   -- Cipriano Reyes, 30, of Coachella, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation;
   -- Elena Torres, 55, of Coachella, on a narcotics warrant;
   -- Fabian Torrez, 26, of Coachella, on a burglary warrant and for a probation violation; and
   -- Joseph Verdusco, 22, of Coachella, for an alleged parole violation.

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A gang injunction was also served during the operation, continuing regional efforts to reduce gang activity. The injunction prevents known gang members from fraternizing, displaying gang apparel or staying out beyond a 10 p.m. curfew within the specified ``safety zone,'' which covers the cities of Indio and Coachella.

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