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Guns, meth and cellos: 'Operation White Christmas' leads to 40 arrests

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A large-scale crackdown on white supremacist gangs led to 40 indictments in the Portland area last week, federal and local police announced Monday.

Operation White Christmas turned up 74 guns, 8 pounds of drugs, $50,000 in cash and 40 people facing charges in federal court.

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said 20 arrests took place over the weekend, though several of the people indicted last week were already in state custody.

Search warrants were served across the area as part of the investigation, and one such warrant at an apartment complex near 109th Avenue and Burnside led to several items seized and 11 people arrested.

Marshall said they face various charges related to gun and drug possession, as well as meth dealing.

In a show-and-tell news conference Monday, federal authorities displayed the dozens of guns seized in the case. Items seized in search warrants over the weekend also included bicycles and expensive stringed instruments like violins and cellos. Those instruments were stolen from a store in Washington state.

SLIDESHOW: View the guns seized during Portland-area raids

In addition to drugs, weapons and theft allegations, authorities said there was evidence of attempted kidnapping of witnesses.

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton said the weekend raids were the culmination of a six-month investigation.

RELATED: 8 arrests made during raid of white supremacist meeting place (August 2013)

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