Los Angeles, CA – Ten members and associates of the Florencia 13 street gang were convicted Monday on a range of federal charges, including drug trafficking, racketeering and attempted murder, according to news sources.
Prosecutors told jurors of a widespread criminal enterprise directed by Mexican Mafia members.
The gang was known for allegedly shooting African Americans who came into the neighborhoods in which the gang operated and controlled drug distribution in unincorporated areas of south Los Angeles and Huntington Park.
Dubbed “Operation Joker’s Wild” by law enforcement officials, the defendants convicted Monday were among 102 gang members charged in four related indictments.
Prosecutors said that 76 of the defendants have either pleaded guilty or have been convicted at trial. Those convicted Monday will be sentenced Feb. 9 in U. S. District Court.