Nearly two dozen people were arrested this week and a wide collection of material was seized – including drugs, guns, money and an alligator – after a multi-state, months-long investigation into an alleged California street gang.
Authorities called their operation “Gang of Thrones.”
Among those arrested was a local police officer who is accused of feeding “confidential law enforcement information” to the gang’s members, San Jose, California, authorities said in a news release obtained by PEOPLE.
Among the agencies who assisted the operation were the DEA and the FBI, according to the release.
Their work began in March, when the San Jose gang unit “began building a criminal conspiracy investigation against a Vietnamese criminal street gang,” police said in their release.
Their probe targeted an alleged “sophisticated gambling, extortion and drug trafficking ring run out of some of the myriad Vietnamese cafes that dot the city,” according to the Mercury News.
The investigation “resulted in the arrest of 23 suspects who are known members or associates of a criminal street gang in San Jose,” police said. “The suspects were booked … on charges ranging from extortion, public corruption, narcotic trafficking, assault, illegal gun possession and conspiracy.”
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Six more people remain at large as of Thursday afternoon, a San Jose police spokesman tells PEOPLE. They are suspected of conspiracy, narcotics and gambling crimes, among others, police said.
In addition to the arrests, police said in the release that 35 search warrants were served in Louisiana and California, recovering, among other things: five handguns, 69 illegal gambling machines, more than $200,000; 4,000 ecstasy pills, 300 Xanax pills, 200 molly tablets, illegal steroids and more than 600 pounds of marijuana.
An alligator was also taken into the custody of animal control, a police spokesman says. It is illegal to possess the animal in California.
San Jose officer Derrick Antonio was among those arrested, police said. He was taken into custody and has been on administrative leave since June, “when an allegation surfaced regarding unauthorized computer access,” a police spokesman says.
Antonio, a nine-year veteran of the force, is charged with six felonies: five counts of unauthorized computer access and one count of accessory after the fact, police said.
PEOPLE was not able to reach Antonio for comment.
About half of the suspects had been released or posted bail while the other half remained behind bars, according to an update Thursday of their status from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
The majority of the suspects, including Antonio, had not retained attorneys, according to this update. PEOPLE has reached out to all of the publicly available attorneys for comment and reached two: Mark Arnold, whose client Kingsley Chang will be pleading not guilty to the charges, he said; and Nelson McElmurry, whose client Khanh Ton will also plead not guilty. Both attorneys declined further comment.
None of the suspects have entered pleas, according to the DA’s update.
One local attorney told KTVU that his client, Phuc Nguyen, was innocent and had no gang ties.
Antonio has been released on bail, according to the station.