Dozens Of Suspects Rounded Up In Gang Sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have arrested dozens of members and associates of one of Southern California’s oldest gangs and indicted many of them on racketeering and drug-related charges.

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement officers swept across Los Angeles on Tuesday and arrested 57 people. Fourteen others named in an indictment already were in custody, while seven more remain at large.

Federal prosecutors say a 130-page indictment accuses some members of the 38th Street gang of murders, drug trafficking and extortion. In one instance, the indictment says several gang members dressed up as FBI agents and shot their way into a house where they bound and kidnapped a man before they executed him.

Those charged with racketeering each face up to life in prison if convicted.

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