A homicide victim found in Newport Beach previously sold drugs for a gang tied to the Mexican Mafia, according to a federal grand jury indictment released Tuesday.
Nancy Hammour, whose body was found under the Newport Bay Bridge on Labor Day, sold methamphetamine for a gang that operated in Orange County between March 2011 and June 2012, according to the indictment.
Hammour, 28, of Santa Ana, was one of dozens of defendants swept up in a wide-ranging multiagency investigation targeting gangs operating in Orange County.
Federal and state authorities indicted 129 people after a 2 1/2-year investigation named Operation Smokin' Aces, the Orange County district attorney's office announced Tuesday.
The probe originally focused on gang crime in a southeast Santa Ana neighborhood but widened after investigators linked local operators to a chapter of the Mexican Mafia that controlled drug traffic on the streets and in Orange County prisons.