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State of California November 4, 2014 Election
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Fighting Transnational Gangs

By Kamala D. Harris

Candidate for Attorney General

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has made fighting transnational gangs a top priority to securing safe communities across California.
Transnational gangs are a serious public safety threat in California. Their crimes - from drug dealing to gun violence to premeditated murder - cross international borders into California and reverberate throughout the state. As the state's chief law enforcement officer, public safety is Attorney General Harris' most important priority. As a result, she has dedicated law enforcement resources to fight transnational gangs operating throughout the state and to take the guns, drugs, and violence they bring to our communities.

Last year alone, the Department of Justice-led drug task forces disrupted or dismantled 140 drug, money-laundering and gang organizations, arrested nearly 3,000 individuals, confiscated 1,000 weapons, and seized nearly $28.5 million in U.S. currency in anti-narcotic law enforcement actions statewide. Within her first 100 days in office, the Attorney General brought law enforcement leaders from across the state to California's border with Mexico to see firsthand the everyday problems that transnational gangs cause - the smuggling of guns, drugs and human beings across the border.

In late 2012, Attorney General Harris also issued "The State of Human Trafficking in California," a comprehensive report that analyzed the troubling expansion of transnational gangs from gun and drug trafficking to the sex trafficking of women and girls. The report issued enforcement recommendations for all levels of law enforcement that emphasized increased cooperation and using technology to combat transnational gangs and the devastating impacts of human trafficking.

Attorney General Harris is committed to supporting the cooperative efforts of state, federal and local law enforcement agencies to disrupt and dismantle transnational gangs and the devastating impact of their dangerous crimes in California.

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