Indictments in Hispanic prison gang extortion plot
Associated Press | October 30, 2012
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Nine people linked to a Hispanic prison gang have been indicted in Southern California for an extortion plot to assess taxes on drug dealing street thugs to funnel money to the prison gang.
Prosecutors say the defendants collected weekly or monthly assessment on criminal activity from street gang drug dealers and funneled money to the prison gang.
They are also charged with collecting money from gang members who disobeyed a prison gang order or broke a rule.
They were indicted by an Orange County grand jury earlier this month and they are expected to enter pleas on Tuesday.
Bail is set at $1 million each.
The Anaheim Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the cases.