Indictment an In-Depth Look at South L.A. Gang’s Alleged Operations

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One of the 48 suspects arrested during an inter-agency gang sweep is processed by federal court agents in the parking lot of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

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Federal prosecutors Tuesday unsealed a 212-page racketeering indictment against dozens of suspected members and associates of the 52 Broadway Gangster Crips, detailing how they allegedly robbed homes across the South Bay, used women to move drugs and punished anyone who talked to law enforcement authorities.

The massive document charges 72 people and provides an in-depth window into the gang’s lifestyle and alleged operations. Forty-eight of those listed in the indictment were detained early Tuesday as hundreds of Los Angeles police officers, FBI and state corrections agents raided their homes.

Federal, state and Los Angeles police investigators allege the gang is responsible for committing at least four murders since 1987. The indictment alleges, in detail, more than two decades of shootings, stabbings and violent confrontations with police, including dozens of armed robberies across the region.

The multi-generational gang thought nothing of selling its drugs near schools and playgrounds at the center of their territory at 52nd Street and Broadway, said Bill Lewis, FBI special agent in charge for L.A.

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