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Federal racketeering indictment targeting the ‘Mexican Mafia’ results in charges against 83 co-conspirators in California

May 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal racketeering indictment targeting the ‘Mexican Mafia’ results in charges against 83 co-conspirators in California

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Feds arrest over 80 suspects in an ongoing crackdown targeting the Mexican Mafia

Over 80 associates of the “cold-blooded” Mexican Mafia have been charged in a federal racketeering indictment with operating a drug network inside Los Angeles County jails and in the Pomona, California area.

According to a Justice Department press release,  offenses listed in the racketeering indictment include ordering acts of gang-related violence, authorities claimed.

In an investigation that the FBI titled “Operation Dirty Thirds,” 83 defendants have been charged by a federal grand jury under two racketeering indictments that were unsealed Wednesday, according to U.S. Attorney Nicola Hanna’s office.

More than 500 police officers carried out a “major operation” Wednesday morning that led to 32 arrests.

Law enforcement officials said 35 other defendants named in the indictment were already in custody and an additional 16 people remained on the lam who were believed to be “armed and dangerous.”

Hanna, the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, who was designated by President Trump, said at a press conference Wednesday that the operation was “a major blow to a violent and notorious prison gang.”

The heads of the “gang of gangs,” from behind bars, managed drug dealing and violence both inside the facility and on the streets, the indictment stated. An attorney and several women referred to as secretaries also reportedly assisted with facilitating the activities outside of the jails.

“These Mexican Mafia members and associates, working together to control activity within (LA County jails), have become an entity or enterprise and effectively function as an illegal government,” the indictment stated.

This is a group of “vicious” imprisoned street-level leaders who dominate drug trafficking operations and order retaliatory violence both inside and outside prisons and jails in the state of California.

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