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Feds arrest dozen members of the Puente 13 street gang on drug, fraud charges

August 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
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Federal and local authorities arrested a dozen purported members of the Puente 13 street gang in Southern California on federal narcotics and fraud charges following a months-long investigation led by the United States Secret Service along with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Feds said the gang take-down occurred Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in San Bernardino and San Gabriel Counties.

A federal grand jury returned 12 indictments naming the 12 gang members among 17 co-conspirators charged with various offenses, including drug trafficking and operating an identity theft ring.

Five other defendants were already in custody within the federal and state prison systems.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said in a news release that the defendants are all members and associates of the Punte 13 street gang.

The group is based in San Gabriel Valley and San Bernardino County and are known affiliates of the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

According to the indictments and a criminal complaint, the gang members are charged with various offenses including possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and illegal possession of credit cards.

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