- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say six members of a Knoxville gang have been indicted on state charges of conspiring to distribute heroin and racketeering.

District Attorney General Charme Allen said during a news conference that the case is Knox County’s first use of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization, or RICO law.

Allen said the six charged are members of the Mafia Insane Vice Lords street gang, which is based in Knox County and has about 100 members.

The indictment says five men and one woman conspired with one another from January 2015 to July 2016.

All are being held on bonds of $250,000 each.

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