KINGS COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The Kings County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 62 suspects during the course of a four-year operation titled ‘Operation Moovin Out.’
Deputies say the operation began in 2019 by the Major Crimes Task Force as a result of the rise in crime associated with the Crip street gang.
Early morning Thursday, authorities served 23 search warrants and 57 arrest warrants in Kings, Tulare, Kern, and Fresno counties. Of these warrants, 11 search warrants were served in Hanford, two in the unincorporated area of Kings County, five in Visalia, and one each in Fresno, Delano, Corcoran, Lemoore, and Tulare.
As a result of “Operation Moovin Out,” authorities say 62 suspects were arrested in total with 46 of the arrests occurring Thursday. Charges ranged from homicide, attempted homicide, sales of narcotics, human trafficking, pimping, pandering, fraud, and money laundering.
During the course of the investigation, detectives say they found and seized the following:
- 34 firearms (14 were seized Thursday)
- A functioning pipe bomb
- 3 vehicles (Fraud and money laundering scheme)
- A motorcycle (Fraud and money laundering scheme)
- $120,000 worth of jewelry (Fraud and money laundering scheme)
- Over $225,000 in cash (Fraud, money laundering, and drug sales)
- Over $555,000 from frozen bank accounts (Fraud)
The Kings County Sheriff’s Office believes the arrests made throughout the investigation will help suppress criminal activity and create a safer atmosphere.
Deputies would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance with the operation:
- Hanford Police Department
- Lemoore Police Department
- Kings County Probation
- DOJ Special Investigations Unit
- California Highway Patrol
- Kings County SWAT
- Central Valley Regional SWAT
- Kings County District Attorney Investigators Team
- Tulare County SWAT, Kern County SWAT
- Visalia PD SWAT
- Tulare PD SWAT
- Fresno PD SWAT
- Madera County Regional SWAT
- Clovis PD SWAT
- Merced County SWAT
- Porterville PD SWAT
- Bakersfield PD SWAT
- DOJ Firearms Teams
- Members of CDCR Tactical Team