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Alleged Prison Gang Members Accused

February 15, 2002

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) _ Twelve alleged members of a white supremacist prison gang are accused of using violence and intimidation of fellow inmates to control prison drug trafficking.

A federal grand jury indicted two of the men on murder charges, and accused all 12 alleged Nazi Low Riders of racketeering for allegedly spreading white supremacist philosophy and controlling drug trafficking for white inmates.

Prosecutors said Thursday they would request the transfer of the state prisoners to federal custody.

The gang was formed in the 1970s by white inmates within the California Youth Authority.

The indictment charges the group members with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act through extortion, conspiring to distribute drugs in prison, witness tampering, robbery, attempted murder and murder. The 12 charged range in age from 15 to 39.

Two of them, Michael Bridge, 34, and Robert Baltimore, 32, also were indicted in the 1996 murder of an inmate at the Devore state prison. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty.

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