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Framingham gang accused of using MySpace to recruit new members

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 21, 2007 04:56 PM

FRAMINGHAM

Twenty members and associates of a Framingham gang that allegedly recruited new members over the Internet to terrorize the community with beatings, stabbings, and shootings have been indicted on federal and state charges of selling crack cocaine, according to law enforcement officials.

Globe City & Region section reporter Shelley Murphy reports that the the Kendall Street Thugs gang had its own page on MySpace, which it used to promote itself and recruit new younger members, according to US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan.

One of the photos posted on the MySpace page showed a 9-year-old boy, who is not believed to be a gang member, posing with known gang members, Sullivan said. Authorities have alerted social service agencies to investigate the boy's situation, he said.

"It is just another reminder obviously to all of us as parents to make sure we are monitoring where our kids are going, in terms of the Internet," Sullivan said during a press conference today at the federal courthouse in Boston announcing the indictments.

The charges follow a three-year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administrations' South Eastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force, in which undercover officers and witnesses made more than 50 crack purchases from those who were indicted, according to officials.

-- Globe City & Region staff

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