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Mexican Mafia Arrests: 25 Gang Members Captured in Federal Raids

By    |   Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 08:25 AM

Members of a Mexican Mafia-connected street gang were arrested Wednesday morning in raids across south Los Angeles — the result of a four-year investigation by federal authorities.

More than two dozen alleged members of the Boyle Heights street gang Big Hazard were taken into custody during the raids and indicted on racketeering, weapons, and gun charges, authorities told NBC Los Angeles.

Federal prosecutors said the gang ruled the Ramona Gardens housing complex and surrounding neighborhoods through fear and intimidation. They reportedly went as far as trying to force African-American residents out of public housing developments, creating tags that read "no blacks," according to the Courthouse News Service.

"All of the gang's operations were done under the umbrella of intimidation — making threats and then committing acts of violence against rival gangsters, law-abiding members of the community and Hazard gang members who might be cooperating with authorities," acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura said in a statement.

"The intimidation and threats extended to African-American residents of Ramona Gardens. In stark and simple messages delivered in person and through graffiti, the Hazard gang made it clear that black residents were not welcome in the neighborhood that it claimed to control," Yonekura continued.

The Los Angeles Police Department reported on Twitter than 25 arrests were made from 38 federal indictments as law enforcement officers confiscated drugs, money, and guns during the various raids.



The Los Angeles Times reported that seven of the 38 under indictment were already in jail while a ninth was killed last week. 

Federal authorities told the Times that Big Hazard has deep ties with the Mexican Mafia, the state's most powerful prison gang that carries influence with many other gangs and has connections to Mexican drug cartels.

The gang made their money through illicit drug trade, including methamphetamine, phencyclidine (PCP), crack cocaine, heroin, and other controlled substances while keeping a surveillance on police and rivals with firearms to keep the business flowing, according to an indictment.

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