SAN ANTONIO -- An indictment accusing 23 alleged prison gang
members of racketeering has been unsealed.
Authorities say the men conspired to kill 22 people since 2000.
Most of the killings in San Antonio, Austin and Atascosa County
The victims were believed to be drug dealers or gang members
killed as the result of rivalries or retaliation.
U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton says a racketeering charge can be
easier to prove than murder because conspiracy alone is enough to
get a conviction. The defendants could face up to life in prison.
By Wednesday morning, 18 of the suspects were custody. Another
five were still being sought.
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