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Indictment implicates 41 alleged members of California gang

A massive federal indictment unsealed July 30 accused 41 individuals of involvement in various criminal activities surrounding the El Monte Flores gang. Eighteen of those indicted were detained the same day while an additional 15 were already imprisoned on unrelated charges. Eight individuals named in the indictment remain at large. Seventeen of those detained entered pleas of not guilty and were scheduled for trial on Sept. 23; the other suspect detained has not yet been assigned a court date.

According to a representative of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the gang had been operating out of the former offices of the Boys and Girls Club of America on Mountain View Road, which had had its charter revoked in 2012. Among other criminal activities, federal authorities say that the gang had sold various drugs, including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, at the club and collected "taxes" from nearby drug dealers and vendors of fraudulent documents. Allegedly, El Monte Flores would in turn pay taxes to the Mexican Mafia.

The indictment in the case consisted of a laundry list of allegations, including racketeering, conspiracy to distribute various drugs, murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, illegal gun possession and money laundering, among others. All 41 defendants have been charged with racketeering while 37 are accused of conspiracy to distribute drugs, and 32 are accused of illegal gun possession.

Persons accused of involvement in federal gang crimes may wish to retain legal counsel as federal law provides for stiff punishments in the case of conviction. Racketeering alone is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment as well as forfeiture of property gained through illicit activity.

Source: 18 U.S. Code § 1963 - Criminal penalties

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, "El Monte Flores gang members indicted on conspiracy, drug trafficking, other charges", Brian Day, Rebecca Kimitch and Ruby Gonzales, July 30, 2014

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