State and local authorities in California worked with federal law enforcement to break up a drug distribution network run by the Nuestra Familia prison gang and the Norteño street gang. Law enforcement officials announced their success with "Operation Red Reaper" on June 19. A total of 21 people, ranging in age from 19 to 49, were taken into custody.
The undercover operation began in September 2018. Authorities say that two high-ranking members of Nuestra Familia in Pleasant Valley State Prison in Fresno County had cellphones that they used to direct narcotics transport from California and Mexico to a location in Kings County. Gang members then reportedly arranged for the drugs to delivered to Kings County and Tulare County distributors.