Three Costa Mesa residents were among nearly 50 people arrested or indicted in Orange County's biggest white supremacist prison and street gang crackdown ever.
Jessie Raffensberger, 31, Richard Michael Briggs, 58, and Edward Anthony Ferraro, 30, are among more than a dozen suspected white supremacists charged with a litany of felonies, from extortion to assault with enhancements for allegedly being affiliated with a gang.
All three face life in prison if convicted of all charges.
The gang sweep, dubbed Operation Stormfront, involved the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Orange County district attorney's office.
The name Stormfront was inspired by the country's largest white supremacist website of the same name, authorities said.
In the two-year investigation, undercover ATF agents infiltrated white supremacist gang Public Enemy Number One, and bought 27 guns and 12 ounces of methamphetamine, officials said.
"In Orange County, we will never accept that gangs are here to stay, and we will never give up the battle," said Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas. "A gang's only purpose is to do evil."