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Officials: Native Mob arrests hit violent gang

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of the Native Mob gang have shot rivals in Minneapolis, sold drugs in Duluth, and thrown boiling water in a person's face in Crow Wing County.

Authorities say this week's federal indictment of 24 suspected Native Mob members could bring a reprieve from some of that violence where the gang is active. It's seen as one of the most violent gangs in the Upper Midwest.

Minneapolis police Inspector Mike Martin says the indictment sends a message "that you can run but you can't hide."

Still, because the gang is so structured and has influence from the Twin Cities to reservations throughout Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin, authorities say it's unlikely the indictment will dismantle the gang altogether.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

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