BOYLE HEIGHTS — One of the leaders of the Hazard street gang has been sentenced to 15 years in prison as part of a racketeering investigation into the gang, which officials say is responsible for much of the crime in and around the Ramona Gardens housing project.
Victor Barrios, 43, a Mexican national who most recently lived in Boyle Heights, was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and conspiring to traffic narcotics, the FBI said.
Barrios has admitted to playing “a leadership role for the gang’s criminal activities” that included overseeing drug sales, the collection of “tax” payments from area drug dealers, and plots to commit acts of violence, the FBI said in a statement.
The Hazard gang member is one of 18 defendants who have plead guilty in connection with a 110-page federal indictment and a gang sweep in December 2014. The remaining nine defendants are scheduled to go on trial on November 28.
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