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Crackdown on Mexican Mafia nets 83 indictments

LOS ANGELES - Federal authorities Wednesday capped a sweeping investigation into the Mexican Mafia with criminal counts against dozens of the organization's members and foot soldiers, saying the charges were a bid to disrupt the gang's control inside Los Angeles County jails.

Hundreds of local police and federal agents carried out coordinated raids in the Los Angeles area Wednesday morning, taking into custody 32 people who are charged in two federal indictments, according to the U.S. attorney's office. About three dozen others who are charged in the cases are currently serving time in state prison or county jails, while more remain fugitives.

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