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Dozens of arrests in 10-month drug investigation

California police claimed credit for an undercover action that led to dozens of arrests on a number of drug charges. State police agencies were involved in the raids along with local and federal law enforcement. Called "Operation Red Reaper," the investigation allegedly disrupted a significant amount of criminal activity linked to the distribution of methamphetamine and related crimes, including violent activities. Police say that the drug distribution was linked to two gangs, Nuestra Familia and the Norteño street gang.

Arrest highlights a growing concern over cell phone privacy

California residents often grapple with the idea of allowing a police search. That struggle becomes even more profound when it involves a cell phone or other electronic device. According to NBC News, police are placing increasing pressure on private citizens to give up their passwords or risk going to jail.

Penalties for driving without a license

California motorists could face significant penalties if they drive without a license. An infraction may result from driving on a suspended license or merely forgetting to bring a current license on a quick trip to the store. While it may be possible for a driver to later prove that he or she has a valid license, it could still result in a fine of $250. In some cases, a driver can be charged with an infraction for driving on an expired license. Individuals who drive on a suspended or revoked license could face larger fines.

Apps to fight crime may promote fear, discrimination

Smartphone apps touted as aids in fighting crime have become popular among many California users despite the fact that they face less criminal activity than in the past. Apps like Nextdoor, Citizen or Ring doorbells promote themselves as methods to become more aware of the neighborhood and potentially suspicious activities. However, critics say that the apps only serve to stoke unnecessary fears about crime without making the streets safer. They also warn that the programs tend to encourage racial stereotyping and neighborhood exclusion.

Marijuana operation in California involves 22 agencies

The recreational use of marijuana was approved by California voters in 2016, but that does not mean that arrests for cultivating and distributing the drug have ended. On June 5, a marijuana eradication operation involving almost two dozen law enforcement agencies was conducted in the Anza Valley, which is known to be an area where marijuana is illegally grown on an industrial scale.

Two men charged after meth investigation

Two people were arrested in association with the seizure of several assault rifles and more than 500 pounds of methamphetamine in California. According to news outlets, the methamphetamine seized by law enforcement had a value of $1.25 million on the street. The people who were arrested, a 55-year-old Apple Valley man and a 21-year-old Ontario man, had been under investigation for two months.

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