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Gang crackdown in Hawaiian Gardens

May 21, 2009 |  2:32 pm

Federal authorities today unveiled a sweeping racketeering indictment accusing a southern Los Angeles County street gang of a litany of crimes, including killing a sheriff’s deputy and committing hate crimes against African Americans in order to rid them from their turf.

The indictment, along with several related ones, charges more than 100 members of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang with murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion, kidnapping and witness intimidation. U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O'Brien, speaking at a news conference this morning, touted it as the “largest gang takedown in United States history.”

The Times Scott Glover and Richard Winton have the story: Dozens arrested in crackdown on Latino gang accused of targeting blacks

Photo: Authorities place a man in custody. Raids by about 1,400 local, state and federal law enforcement officers targeted members and associates of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang, which has a strong presence in the small city. Credit: Jesse Escochea