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A Downey man allegedly linked to the Mexican Mafia was arrested Tuesday as part of a sweeping federal indictment targeting “shot callers” who oversaw local distribution of methamphetamine.
Manuel Cuanriquez, 31, also known as “Wacky,” was one of 16 alleged associates of a Mexican Mafia-affiliated street gang indicted for their alleged roles in a drug distribution network, FBI officials said.
Authorities said the investigation focused on the “shot callers” for the Longos street gang, considered to be the largest and among the most violent in the Long Beach area, and its associated cliques.
The suspects were charged in either criminal complaints or grand jury indictments returned in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
The majority of the suspects are charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
A total of nine suspects were arrested Tuesday morning. Two were deported for unrelated reasons and one is considered a fugitive.
Along with Cuanriquez, suspects from Long Beach, Cudahy, Bellflower, Wilmington and San Pedro were also arrested. Other defendants hailed from as far away as Texas and Florida.