55 indicted in El Paso gang investigation

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Investigators say 55 suspected gang members and associates in far West Texas have been indicted on charges including murder, drug dealing and extortion.

Federal officials in El Paso on Wednesday announced that 20 people believed connected to the Barrio Azteca gang face charges.

Authorities say 35 others face state charges of organized crime as part of the multi-agency investigation. Officials say six people facing federal charges and nine facing state charges remain at large.

A federal prosecutor also announced the arrest of eight El Paso residents allegedly involved in racketeering. Prosecutors say six others involved in the same alleged conspiracy were already in custody.

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