United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota Andrew M. Luger delivers remarks from a podium at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Other officials stand in a row behind.

“Today’s announcement marks a fundamental change for federal law enforcement. We are now addressing gang violence for what it is: organized criminal activity,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger for the District of Minnesota. “As alleged, these defendants engaged in an unrelenting trail of violence, resulting in today’s federal RICO charges and related charges. The aggregate nature of a RICO prosecution has a deeper impact and carries a stronger deterrence message, with the ultimate goal of reducing violence and returning peace to our communities.”