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Two Alleged Gang Members Indicted On Federal Murder, Racketeering Charges

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Two San Jose men who are alleged to be members of Sureno street gangs are due to be arraigned in federal court in San Jose Monday on new murder and racketeering charges. Jose Barajas, 23, and Victor Rodriguez, 25, were accused of multiple charges including racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in a superseding indictment issued by a federal grand jury in San Jose on Wednesday. The indictment alleges that on Aug. 13, the two murdered a man they believed to be a member of a rival Norteno gang in the vicinity of Denair Avenue and Letitia Street in San Jose. Rodriguez fatally shot the victim and Barajas served as the driver, the indictment alleges.

The two men have been in custody since October, when they were accused of methamphetamine distribution. They will be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Paul Grewal. The indictment alleges that Barajas was a member of the Varrio Colonias Trece gang and had the gang nickname of “Oso.” Rodriguez was a member of the Varrio Tami Lee Gangers and was nicknamed “The Silencer,” according to the indictment. The two gangs had overlapping territories, worked together and were both part of the larger Surenos group linked to the Mexican Mafia prison gang, the indictment said.

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