By Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say they’ve charged 12 adults and one juvenile member of a violent street gang that terrorized a Cleveland neighborhood with robberies and drive-by shootings.

Eleven of the adults and the juvenile linked to the Cutthroats have been arrested. Charges in the indictment include racketeering and participating in a criminal gang.

The arrests last week came after a six-month investigation by police, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County sheriff’s department. Other members of the gang already were in custody facing charges that include aggravated murder and bank robbery.

A Cleveland police commander says the Cutthroats are a subset of the notorious Heartless Felons, the largest gang in Ohio’s prison system and a presence on the streets of some northeast Ohio cities.

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