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Post  Elvo on Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:50 pm

38th Street gang members arrested in federal indictment alleging murder, drug trafficking

February 1, 2011 | 3:30

Several dozen members of Los Angeles' 38th Street gang were arrested
Tuesday under a federal racketeering indictment alleging that they are
responsible for numerous murders and large-scale drug trafficking, as
well as impersonating federal agents and using a child as a shooter.

The early morning raids involving 800 law enforcement officers
targeted one of L.A.'s oldest gangs, known for its deep ties with the
Mexican Mafia prison gang. Investigators documented numerous plots,
including one in which a gang member claims to have directed a
14-year-old girl to shoot a rival gang member as part of her initiation,
according to the affidavit.

In another incident, gang members dressed as FBI agents and other law
enforcement officers shot their way into a South Gate house, where they
tied up and kidnapped a man, prosecutors said Tuesday. During a
subsequent high-speed chase, the victim was allegedly executed with a
bullet to his head, according to prosecutors.

During the pre-dawn raids Tuesday, LAPD officers and special agents
with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives arrested 37 defendants on federal indictments;
20 more people were taken into custody on state weapons and narcotics

Federal prosecutors already had 14 defendants named in the federal cases in custody. Seven fugitives remained at large.
"We targeted 87 members and associates of a violent street gang,
which terrorized one of our communities," said Los Angeles Police Chief
Charlie Beck.

Authorities seized about 7 kilograms of cocaine, a pound of
methamphetamine, 23 firearms and about $250,000 in cash Tuesday when
they searched multiple homes.

The 38th Street gang is the subject of a 130-page grand jury
indictment alleging violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations statute. Some 53 defendants are charged with
violating the federal law by acting on behalf of the gang and
participating in murders, murder plots, attempted murders, narcotics
trafficking, robberies, extortion and witness intimidation.

Most of the defendants in the racketeering case face up to life in
federal prison if convicted. It is the latest in a series of federal
racketeering cases against Los Angeles gangs. The indictment alleges
the 38th Street gang engaged in the distribution of methamphetamine,
cocaine and crack cocaine.

Agents and officers made a series of seizures during the
investigation, including one detailed in the indictment in which
authorities confiscated more than 2 kilograms of methamphetamine, nearly
4 kilograms of cocaine and more than $61,000 from one stash house.

The gang allegedly imported narcotics from Mexico and provided
"street-level" distribution amounts to numerous gang members and
associates, who sold the drugs in gang territory.

"The 38th Street gang has had a devastating impact throughout the
communities of South Los Angeles," said Drug Enforcement Administration
Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Landrum.

To support their narcotics trafficking and to control their claimed
territory, gang members kept an arsenal of firearms, including handguns,
shotguns, assault rifles and machine guns, according to John A. Torres,
Special Agent in Charge, ATF Los Angeles Field Division. Torres said
his agents seized more than 80 firearms in the course of this gang

In addition to the federal RICO indictment, a grand jury returned
five, single-defendant indictments that allege weapons and narcotics


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