4 gang members convicted in West Texas drug case

MIDLAND, TX. (AP) - A federal jury in West Texas has convicted four gang members in a drug and racketeering investigation going back to 2006.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Santos Almanza, 31-year-old Miguel Nieto, 40-year-old Carlos Hernandez and 36-year-old Ramon Morales were convicted Wednesday night of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

Jurors in Midland also convicted Almanza, Nieto and Hernandez of racketeering-related counts.

All four men face up to life in prison.

Investigators say the Barrio Azteca gang has been blamed for drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping in Mexico and in the U.S., including the Texas prison system.

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