Organized Crime

Hundreds of cops spread out in Los Angeles to bust members of gang charged with racketeering

  • A poster showing the crossed-out faces of those arrested, and of a few who weren't, is seen at a news conference after law enforcement officers raided homes on the east side of Los Angeles, searching for Big Hazard gang members with ties to the Mexican Mafia who have been indicted on federal racketeering charges,  in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The indictment named 38 suspected members of the Big Hazard gang who are accused of crimes ranging from drug dealing to robbery to murder. The raids led by the FBI and Los Angeles police nabbed 28 of those named in the indictment, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)

    A poster showing the crossed-out faces of those arrested, and of a few who weren't, is seen at a news conference after law enforcement officers raided homes on the east side of Los Angeles, searching for Big Hazard gang members with ties to the Mexican Mafia who have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The indictment named 38 suspected members of the Big Hazard gang who are accused of crimes ranging from drug dealing to robbery to murder. The raids led by the FBI and Los Angeles police nabbed 28 of those named in the indictment, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a tattoo on a member of the Big Hazard gang on the east side of Los Angeles. Hundreds of law enforcement officers raided homes in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, searching for gang members with ties to the Mexican Mafia who have been indicted on federal racketeering charges. The indictment names 38 suspected members of the Big Hazard gang who are accused of crimes ranging from drug dealing to robbery to murder. The raids led by the FBI and Los Angeles police nabbed 28 of those named in the indictment, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Justice)

    This undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a tattoo on a member of the Big Hazard gang on the east side of Los Angeles. Hundreds of law enforcement officers raided homes in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, searching for gang members with ties to the Mexican Mafia who have been indicted on federal racketeering charges. The indictment names 38 suspected members of the Big Hazard gang who are accused of crimes ranging from drug dealing to robbery to murder. The raids led by the FBI and Los Angeles police nabbed 28 of those named in the indictment, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Justice)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a tattoo on a member of the Big Hazard gang on the east side of Los Angeles. Hundreds of law enforcement officers raided homes in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, searching for gang members with ties to the Mexican Mafia who have been indicted on federal racketeering charges. The indictment names 38 suspected members of the Big Hazard gang who are accused of crimes ranging from drug dealing to robbery to murder. The raids led by the FBI and Los Angeles police nabbed 28 of those named in the indictment, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Justice)

    This undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a tattoo on a member of the Big Hazard gang on the east side of Los Angeles. Hundreds of law enforcement officers raided homes in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, searching for gang members with ties to the Mexican Mafia who have been indicted on federal racketeering charges. The indictment names 38 suspected members of the Big Hazard gang who are accused of crimes ranging from drug dealing to robbery to murder. The raids led by the FBI and Los Angeles police nabbed 28 of those named in the indictment, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Justice)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of law enforcement officers raided homes in East Los Angeles on Wednesday, searching for gang members with ties to the Mexican Mafia who have been indicted on federal racketeering charges.

The indictment names 38 suspected members of the Big Hazard gang who are accused of crimes ranging from drug dealing to robbery to murder.

The raids led by the FBI and Los Angeles police nabbed 28 of those named in the indictment, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Seven others were already in custody, and one was killed in a shooting over the weekend that remains under investigation.

The U.S. attorney's office scheduled a news conference to discuss the charges and the search for evidence related to the gang.

The indictment names four unindicted co-conspirators it says are Hazard gang members serving life sentences in prison and are "made members" of the Mexican Mafia who issued orders from behind bars. The Mexican Mafia controls drug dealing and crimes by Latino gangs inside and outside of prison, and gang members dealt methamphetamine, crack cocaine and heroin, the indictment said. The gang collected "taxes" from other dealers and also sold guns..

Believed to have about 350 members, the Big Hazard gang is headquartered in the Ramona Gardens housing project and got its start in the 1940s, the indictment said. It took its name from nearby Hazard Park.