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100 Charged in Armenian Mafia Sweep ~ Los Angeles

The LA Times reports that suspects in Glendale and Hollywood have been arrested in what is being called the largest ever crackdown on the so-called "Armenian Mafia". An excerpt:

Dozens of people were arrested Wednesday morning in a massive operation by federal and local law enforcement authorities targeting Armenian organized crime, particularly members of the powerful street gang Armenian Power.

Operation Power Outage involved nearly 1,000 officers and concentrated primarily on suspects who reside in heavily Armenian neighborhoods in Glendale and East Hollywood, but authorities said arrests and indictments also were made in other parts of the country.

Citing the ongoing operation, officials did not immediately release specifics but said nearly 100 individuals had been charged in federal and state court in indictments alleging racketeering, extortion, kidnapping, drug-related offenses and white-collar fraud.

AP13 tag photo by Kevin Dean.

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