10 California gang members taken into custody on drug charges

In California, ten alleged gang members, including two brothers and a mother-daughter team, were charged with selling methamphetamine in July 2013. The 10 were charged in eight separate indictments that were originally sealed but opened during the fall of 2013 as the individuals were taken into custody on the drug charges. The last of the people to have their indictment unsealed was a 27-year-old man. Nine of the 10 were being held to await further proceedings, their pretrial detentions serving to disrupt what a lawyer with the U.S. Attorney's Office called a substantial gang presence in the area.

The 33-year-old so-called matriarch of a Surenos-affiliated gang was the only defendant of the 10 with a trial date scheduled by the time of the final indictment being unsealed. A 40-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter had been taken into custody as well, with the mother being the only defendant to be granted bail at that time. They were allegedly members of a different Surenos-related gang. A pair of brothers, ages 19 and 27, brought into police custody were associated with a third Surenos gang.

Rounding out the list of 10 defendants were four men, ages 23, 33, 36 and 38, said to be associated with three other gangs affiliated with the Surenos group of gangs. Should they be convicted of the charges, prosecutors said, most of the people in custody on the methamphetamine charges were facing prison sentences as long as 40 years.

Drug offenses such as drug cultivation or drug trafficking can result in serious consequences. A defense attorney may be able to work toward a plea bargain with individuals charged with drug manufacturing or the intent to sell. Such an agreement with the court could reduce charges and penalties.

Source: KTVU, "10 alleged Sureno associates charged with selling Meth", November 22, 2013

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