Operation Sudden Impact: The Effective Use of Federal and State Resources to Combat Gang Violence

Between 2011 and 2013, federal and local law enforcement worked together to use their collective experience and resources to engage in a variety of investigative techniques to target, and ultimately dismantle, a violent criminal organization. Operation Sudden Impact ultimately resulted in solving six “cold case” gang-related murders, and obtaining convictions against dozens of individuals affiliated with a violent criminal street gang. The collaborative and strategic efforts made by federal and local law enforcement working together to bring cases against SSM gang members and associates, left the city of Montebello, even years later, a safer place to live.


Author: Reema M. El-Amamy, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California

Federal Sponsor Agency: DOJ, Executive Office for United States Attorneys

Provider: This article is sourced from the U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Bulletin: June 2017, Volume 65, Number 2,

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