San Manuel relatives torn apart over gang case

Gang infiltration into the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is affecting a prominent tribal family.

James Ramos, the tribe's unity and cultural awareness director, obtained a two-year restraining order against his cousin, Kenneth Robert Barajas. Ramos says he was threatened by Barajas over a gang-related homicide case involving Barajas' children.

Stacy Cheyenne Barajas-Nunez, 25, and Erik Barajas, 35, are charged in a murder-for-hire plot involving a Mexican Mafia drug kingpin. Authorities say the gang has infiltrated the tribe.

The elder Barajas denies threatening to hurt Ramos. He says Ramos once led a troubled life but turned it around.

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Restraining order filed against father of murder-for-hire suspects (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 12/14)

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