Department of Homeland Security arrests alleged gang members

The Department of Homeland Security Investigations, in conjunction with local law enforcement, made several arrests Monday morning throughout Santa Cruz County, according to Santa Cruz police.

The arrests stem from a five-year investigation into a criminal street gang organization that has been operating in the area, police said.

Several members of this criminal organization have been arrested and have a history of crimes, including murder, extortion and narcotics trafficking. Firearms were also seized during the arrests.

Further details were not immediately available.