The operation involved 300 officers representing agencies from all levels of government, and teams of agents searched 75 locations throughout the county.
Police said it was aimed at alleged members of the white supremacist Public Enemy Number 1 (PEN1) gang, a group accused by authorities of putting law enforcement officials on a "hit list." Most were arrested on unrelated charges, such as possession of illegal firearms or drugs, or parole violations, according to police.
A 2004 California Department of Justice report called PEN1, "one of the most powerful and fastest-growing gangs, inside and outside prison." It went on to note that every known member had been arrested multiple times, and members have previously assaulted law enforcement officers. PEN1 has ties to the Nazi Low Riders and Aryan Brotherhood prison gangs, according to the Anti-Defamation League's website.
Many of the other suspects might not face prosecution for weeks, as attorneys consider whether to build a larger case, said Susan Schroeder, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's office.
"Most people are in custody for other unrelated offenses," Schroeder said. "We have some time to review certain cases and decide how to move forward."
Costa Mesa police said Jeffries has been released on bail. Efforts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.