Feds See a Red Door, Want to Paint It Black

When Mick Jagger saw a red door, he wanted to paint it black, as is widely acknowledged (by me) in the greatest Rolling Stones song of all time (any girl who claims otherwise gets cut!).

So, the federal investigation of the San Gabriel Valley-based Red Door gang--which just culminated in the seizure of seven firearms, more than 12,500 Ecstasy pills, 2,230 marijuana plants and a Lamborghini and the arrest of 18 people, including two residents Orange County residents--could only have one name: Operation Paint It Black.

Officials with the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted Operation Paint It Black, which resulted in Wednesday morning's mass arrests.

A19-count grand jury indictment charges the suspected Red Door criminal ring members with distributing Ecstasy, growing marijuana and charging thousands of dollars to arrange marriages to American women.

Locals snared were Tony Tuan Dam, 22, of Huntington Beach, and Jane Kim, 23, of Yorba Linda. Dam is suspected of having helped a Rowland Heights man obtain Ecstasy, while Kim, a U.S. citizen, is accused of having entered into a marriage to help someone obtain permanent-resident status, according to a Department of Justice statement.

The Red Door gang is believed to have helped arrange at least three sham marriages with foreign nationals, claims the DOJ.

OK, "Under My Thumb" was pretty good, too.


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