17 arrested in crackdown on Los Angeles suburban gang blamed for drug trafficking, murder


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EL MONTE, California — Authorities have arrested more than a dozen people in a Southern California gang crackdown.

The U.S. attorney's office says 17 alleged members and associates of the El Monte Flores gang were taken into custody Wednesday as more than 400 federal agents and local police conducted raids in the Los Angeles suburb and adjoining South El Monte.

Authorities say the gang has about 800 members and takes orders from the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

Authorities say the gang sold drugs and met at a local boys and girls club.

Those arrested are among 41 people named in a racketeering indictment that alleges gang members engaged in crimes ranging from drug trafficking to murder.

Fifteen other people already are in custody and nine are being sought.

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