A federal grand jury has indicted 14 members of the Texas Syndicate prison gang for a dozen murders and more than a decade of drug trafficking, the Dallas Morning News says. Ten of the alleged murders occurred in the Dallas area, and two were in South Texas. Some of the gang members indicted for violating the federal Racketeering and Corrupt Organization were already in custody on other charges and four more have been arrested before the indictment was unsealed.
The indictment, charging violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statute, breaks new ground in Texas, U.S. Attorney Richard Roper said. “What we’re doing with this indictment is we’re using the criminal statutes that were designed to take down the traditional Mafia, La Cosa Nostra, violent gangs in the northeast part of the United States . . . We’re using this for the first time in North Texas to try to dismantle a violent prison gang.”