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Kansas Woman Accused of Coordinating L.A. Gang Activity

kansas-mafia-womanLOS ANGELES — Authorities have arrested a purported “secretary” for the Mexican Mafia who allegedly helped funnel information through Los Angeles County jails — from her home in Kansas.

Cecilia Virgen-DeLeon, 31, was taken into custody about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in Salina, a town of about 50,000 in the heart of the state, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Francis Hardiman said in a phone interview outside of nearby Abilene.

The so-called secretaries of organized crime groups often use fraudulent cellphone accounts to help push information — about drug movements, hits and other matters — to shot-callers inside the jails, Hardiman said.

“In order to pass that information … they need people on the outside to do that for them,” he said.

“And that person on the outside, for the last little bit, was this young lady.”

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