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Racketeering complaints target 30 suspected Oklahoma City gang members

Oklahoma City police filed an affidavit Thursday detailing a racketeering case against 30 suspected members of the Juarito street gang. More than a dozen arrests were made Thursday. Others implicated in the case already are in custody.
by Tim Willert Published: April 13, 2012

Oklahoma City police and other law officers arrested 13 suspected Juarito gang members Thursday on racketeering complaints. More than a dozen others were implicated, many of whom already were in custody on other cases.

Police filed an affidavit Thursday detailing the history of the gang, also known as the Grand Barrio Locos, and allegations of its criminal activity in Oklahoma City. The 90-plus-page affidavit details specific crimes and the methods gang members used to coordinate their activities in southwest and northwest Oklahoma City.

“The Juarito street gang has terrorized, and continues to terrorize, the streets of Oklahoma City and the metro area by committing numerous crimes including but not limited to: homicide, assaults with deadly and dangerous weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, drug sales, burglaries, theft and witness intimidation,” the affidavit states.

It cites four cooperating witnesses and two confidential sources and details drug deals, drive-by shootings, payments to drug cartels in Mexico and rituals for initiation into the gang that include “putting in work,” by committing illegal acts that benefit more senior gang members while protecting them from the risk of arrest.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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