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Operation ‘Smokin ’ Aces’ Targets Mexican Mafia Operations in Orange County

SANTA ANA, California — Hundreds of law enforcement officials this morning fanned out across Southern California to conclude Operation "Smokin' Aces," an investigation conducted by the Santa Ana Gang Task Force that targeted the Orange County wing of the Mexican Mafia, which allegedly exercises control over Latino street gangs and is a powerful force in the local jail system. More »