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Feds hit Columbus gang with racketeering charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Ohio say alleged gang members in Columbus carried out murders and attempted murders, drug trafficking, robbery and other crimes to control their reputation and territory.

Prosecutors say drug dealing, robberies and murders-for-hire were the only source of income for members of the Short North Posse.

Investigators planned a news conference Tuesday to talk about last week's indictment of 17 alleged gang members on multiple charges, including racketeering, or allegedly carrying out a criminal enterprise.

The indictment says Short North Posse members threatened or intimidated witnesses to keep them from talking to police, and also produced songs about their gang and methods that were posted on social media sites.

Documents made public Tuesday indicate several defendants already are in prison on other charges.

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