- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a number of accused gang members under a new criminal statute involving racketeering.

KUSA-TV reports (https://on9news.tv/2eBJd35 ) that the accused were charged after a collaborative forensics-led investigation as part of the new federal criminal statute called VICAR, or Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering. The gang investigation was the first time the statute has been used in the Denver metro area.

Law enforcement used forensic tools to identify the most violent gang members and prosecuted those members.

The indictment charges five counts of violent crimes in aid of racketeering, including conspiracy to commit two murders, an attempted murder and two assaults with a dangerous weapon. The indictment also charges three counts of using firearms to commit violence in aid of the racketeering enterprise and three counts of unlawful gun possession.

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Information from: KUSA-TV, https://www.9news.com


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