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Elysian Valley gang member pleads guilty to federal charges; nature park proposed for Boyle Heights housing project

Gangs: A Frogtown gang member from Elysian Valley became the latest defendant to plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking and other charges for his role in a Mexican Mafia-controlled network of gangs, reports EGP News. Federal prosecutors said that 28-year-old Jonathan Zepeda  faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamines and collecting “taxes” from dealers in nearby gang territories. Zepeda, his brother, Santos, who plead guilty in August, and Giovanni “Suspect” Olvera, an Atwater Village gang member who plead guilty in June,  were among those named in a 2015 federal racketeering indictment against three former rival gangs working under the direction of the Mexican Mafia.

Nature Park: A nonprofit is planning to create a nature park featuring native trees and shrubs in the Ramona Gardens housing project in Boyle Heights. Boyle Heights Beat

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