Glendale Detective Arrested for Connections to Gangs

A Glendale detective has been arrested for lying to investigators. Assistant US Attorney Jeff Mitchell says Detective John Balian's name surfaced as an FBI-led task force was investigating connections between the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime.

"The complaint alleges that he provided false statements trying to cover up his relationship with the Mexican mafia and his criminal activities with the Mexican mafia as well as Armenian organized crime.

Mitchell says text messages and phone calls connect Balian with a Mexican-mafia shot caller. The complaint filed against Balian also says he tipped off gang members about coming raids and got rid of a gun used in a shooting. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, the detective is also suspected of working with criminals to steal cars and receiving money to hunt down people.

"Mr. Balian moved in criminal circles and operated as though he was above the law by repeatedly lying to hide his criminal activity," said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office. "His alleged actions impeded legitimate investigations into organized violent crime and consequently presented a threat to public safety."

Balian faces up to five years.

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