Gang takedown in San Diego targets 119 people 

Two members of the Mexican Mafia are among 119 people charged in a San Diego-area gang crackdown, authorities said Wednesday.

There were 104 people arrested early Wednesday throughout San Diego County, with 15 others at large. Charges include racketeering conspiracy, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

Both alleged members of the Mexican Mafia — Rudy Espudo, 39, and Salvador Colabella, 53 — were taken into custody. According to authorities, Espudo oversees the Mexican Mafia in north San Diego County and Colabello collected extortion payments.

The Mexican Mafia has about 200 members, but its reach extends to thousands of gang members in Southern California, authorities said.

The arrests came from three separate investigations and involved many law enforcement agencies. The FBI called it one of its largest takedowns ever in San Diego.

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