Judge orders DEA raid suspects not to contact gang members

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 7:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Nine suspects were in US District Court Thursday afternoon in connection to a gang affiliated oxycodone drug ring.

A week ago, dozens of suspects were arrested in a oxycodone drug ring that was linked to areas in Spokane, western Washington and Los Angeles.

Many of the suspects were told not to have contact with members of a gang called "Eight Tray Gangster Crips." The defendants arraigned today were not mentioned as actual members of the gang and were released. They were also told not to contact any other co-defendants. Many of the suspects in court this week are accused members of this gang.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says the gang has been causing trouble in the Spokane area for nearly 20 years. The Sheriff says the gang has been committing crimes in the area since the 1990s.

Sheriff Knezovich believes last weeks drug busts is an eye opener to many who don't realize what gangs are capable of. 

 

 

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