Feds upgrade indictment against alleged gang

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Four men in northeast Oklahoma are charged in an indictment that alleges they belong to a street gang that's engaged in selling drugs, violent attacks and extortion.

A grand jury on Thursday handed up an indictment that accuses the men of conspiracy to sell crack cocaine and other charges.

The defendants are 30-year-old Lorell Antonio Battle, 31-year-old Paul Edward Battle, 27-year-old Thomas Layeffetta Jackson and 18-year-old Gaywone Dekeith Blades, all of Tulsa.

Officials say the group was the target of a two-year investigation by authorizes.

It was unclear Thursday whether the suspects had lawyers.

Prosecutors say Battle and Blades also face firearms charges.

The four are accused of involvement with the "107 Hoover Crips" street gang and were named in an 11-count superseding indictment handed up on Thursday.

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