Suspects arrested in multiagency gang crackdown appear in court

Suspects arrested in a multiagency gang crackdown appear in court in Bakersfield, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Some defendants swept up earlier this week in a gang crackdown appeared Thursday in Kern County court.

The defendants face various charges related to their alleged activities as members of the West Side Crips.

A months-long investigation culminated Tuesday with a multiagency sweep. Fifteen people were arrested over the course of the investigation, and a couple dozen more were arrested during this week's sweep.

A few more suspects remain on the loose.

The suspects that appeared Thursday in a Bakersfield courtroom face state charges, though some of those arrested in the sweep also face federal charges.

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