LOS ANGELES — More than 30 members of a powerful Los Angeles street gang have been indicted by a federal grand jury as part of two investigations involving the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and L.A. County authorities that officials said have uncovered strong ties between one of Mexico’s drug cartels and the Mexican Mafia prison gang.
Two separate indictments were announced Tuesday.
One indictment revealed an alleged alliance between the Mexican Mafia prison gang and the Mexican drug cartel known as La Familia Michoacána. The seven-count indictment names six members of the Mexican Mafia, three associates of the prison gang, and four people directly linked to La Familia Michoacána.
The indictment outlines a venture called the “Project.” Cartel members were given “free reign” to sell methamphetamine in Southern California and to provide protection for incarcerated cartel members in exchange for money and methamphetamine going to Mexican Mafia members, according to the indictment.
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