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Two Latino crime gang members indicted for murder, racketeering

Two members of the Latino crime gang, the Almighty Imperial Gangsters Nation, in Miami, Fla., were indicted on Friday for their alleged participation in a murder conspiracy in Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Imperial Gangsters grew from being just another Chicago street gang into a national organized crime group.

Although the indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury on May 1, 2014, it wasn't unsealed by the prosecution until Friday. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida is charging Miami residents Jose Herrera, a/k/a “Spyro,” and Lionel Carrera, a/k/a “Leo,” with murder in aid of racketeering activity.

The 27-year-old Herrera and 25-year-old Carrera were both arrested by the FBI with the help of police departments from Miami, Chicago and Merrillville, Ind., on Friday.

The federal indictment accuses Herrera and Carrera of participating in the murder of Hockynson Sanchez, a/k/a “Jaxx,” on Nov. 20, 2007, for the purpose of maintaining and increasing their position in the Almighty Imperial Gangsters Nation.

According to the FBI, the Almighty Imperial Gangsters Nation is a powerful and ruthless organized-crime street gang that originally surfaced in northwest Chicago and eventually moved into other parts of the United States, including South Florida.

The Members and associates of the Latino gang allegedly commit numerous violent crimes such as murders, attempted murders, and aggravated assaults, as part of their narcotics distribution business and other criminal enterprises.

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