The Department of Justice
said 24 members of the "Native Mob" gang have been indicted in federal court on numerous charges, including drug trafficking, assault and attempted murder.
Authorities arrested six of the gang members on the White Earth
, Mille Lacs
, and Leech Lake
reservations and in Minneapolis and Bemidji.
Another six remain at large.
The remaining 12 are already incarcerated on other charges. That led the Minnesota Department of Corrections to place all 9,500 inmates in the state on lockdown, partly to prevent them from contacting outsiders while the arrests were taking place.
exemplifies the law enforcement cooperation we are fortunate to experience here in Minnesota," U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones said in a press release
"Local, state, federal, and tribal investigators worked side by side to take down some of the most violent criminals in our state and, in the process, disrupt an extremely dangerous gang that
diminishes the quality of life for those who live and work in Native American communities."
"We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone involved in the investigation. Their efforts have made our streets and communities much safer," Jones concluded.
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(The Minneapolis Star Tribune 1/25)
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