Attorney General Jerry Brown announced today that narcotics agents pinched a total of 59 gang members during a sweep, "including one who bootstrapped his way from foot soldier to local commander by committing or ordering murders." The drug business of choice? Meth. Of course.

"Tragically, those arrested today chose to join dangerous gangs that deal in meth and murder," Brown said. "By removing them from society, we are disrupting their criminal activities and making the people of Northern California safer."

In addition to uncovering a "well-organized" speed distribution network, which involved "large amounts of methamphetamine smuggled into the United States from Mexico," the sweep also helped solve four homicides of Sureños gang members. A total of 26 Norteños gang members were arrested.