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14 face state, federal drug and gun charges

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 7:34 a.m. CST

CHICAGO — Authorities say 14 suspects, including street gang members, face federal or state charges following an investigation by the FBI, Chicago police and other agencies.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says five defendants are being charged under federal laws. Nine others are charged under state laws. They all involve both gun and narcotics offenses.

At least some of the suspects were alleged members of the Latin Saints and spoke on wiretaps about how weapons could be acquired to help defend the street gang's supposed turf in Chicago.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says in a statement that the joint federal and state operation was complex. And he says it was focused on "preventing a cycle of violence."

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