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San Jose officer arrested as part of gang sweep

San Jose officer arrested as part of gang sweep

San Jose police have arrested one of their officers in connection with "Operation Gang of Thrones", according to Chief Eddie Garcia.

Police say the five-month investigation dubbed Operation Gang of Thrones-culminated Tuesday with 33 search warrants and 21 arrests.

San Jose police and federal authorities are scheduled to reveal more details about the case in a Wednesday afternoon news conference. That's not to mention the quality-of-life problems - addiction, drugs and possible prostitution - the illegal gambling attracts.

The officer, who has been with the department for more than nine years, allegedly helped a gang known in the San Jose area for operating out of Vietnamese cafes and businesses, police said.

San Jose Police Officer Derrick Antonio is accused of sharing sensitive information with gang members
San Jose Police Officer Derrick Antonio is accused of sharing sensitive information with gang members

The machines are the centerpiece of numerous extortion rackets alleged against Vietnamese organized crime, which has spurred territorial struggles over cash flow and control over whose machines are operated at which cafes.

Allegations against the officers come at a time when both agencies-the SJPD and the Sheriff's Office, which oversees the county's two jails have been struggling with low morale and staffing shortages.

The gang was also involved in assaults and public corruption, authorities said.

The department has been watching Vietnamese street gangs for a while now.

The officer, identified as Derrick Antonio by KNTV, which obtained an internal department memo, was taken into custody during a citywide takedown of a Vietnamese criminal organization.