BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Local and federal investigators say they have wiped out a crime ring responsible for at least nine homicides and dozens of other crimes in Manatee County and surrounding areas.
The Bradenton Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1p163CE) that six people have been charged as part of a wide-ranging conspiracy of crimes that include homicides, drug trafficking, kidnapping and robberies in Bradenton, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley announced the indictments from Operation Maximum Response during a news conference at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.
The 28-count indictment charges the suspects with crimes including conspiracy, firearms charges in connection with slayings, robberies, kidnapping as well as drug trafficking in heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone and MDMA, also known as ecstasy.
Indictment charges date as far back as 2006.
Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com