- Associated Press - Friday, August 18, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say more than two dozen members of violent street gangs in a Hudson Valley city have been indicted on murder, racketeering and drug charges.

The White Plains-based U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced Thursday that a grand jury has indicted 31 members of two Poughkeepsie gangs that operate in the city.

Authorities say 11 suspects were arrested in raid conducted Wednesday around Dutchess County. Two others were arrested in southern states and the other 18 are already in jail on state charges.

Prosecutors say the victims of the gang violence include an 18-year-old Poughkeepsie High School basketball star who was an innocent bystander when he was fatally shot in March 2016 and a 16-year-old gang member who was gunned down in December 2012.

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