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