- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities say nine people have been indicted in connection with an international crime syndicate operating in Brooklyn.

Wednesday’s indictment charges that the defendants were members of an organized crime syndicate that operated in the Brighton Beach and Coney Island neighborhoods of Brooklyn as well as overseas.

The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Robert Capers, Police Commissioner James O’Neil and officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service and other agencies.

Prosecutors say syndicate members in Brooklyn reported to organized crime figures based in the states of the former Soviet Union.

Their alleged crimes include racketeering, extortion, loan sharking, gambling and drug trafficking.

Prosecutors say syndicate members extorted money by threatening victims and their family members overseas.

The defendants were expected to appear Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court.

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