Feds charge 55 in ‘takedown’ of California prison-based gang

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SAN JOSE (AP) — Fifty-five people were charged with conspiracy and racketeering-related crimes as part of a sweeping “takedown” of a California prison-based gang that federal authorities said was responsible for brutal street violence in northern and central parts of the state. One of the 17 charging documents unsealed Thursday, Sept. 16, focuses on seven senior members who commanded La Nuestra Familia, Spanish for “Our Family,” from several state prisons. Court papers alleged they used hierarchical and paramilitary structures to control thousands of gang members across the region, including two San Jose-based gangs accused of drug trafficking, armed robbery and other crimes. Officials called the coordinated law enforcement sweep one of the largest gang takedowns in the FBI
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