NEW YORK – More than two dozen alleged members of a New York City-based Russian organised crime gang indicted for extortion and other crimes.
Federal prosecutors say that the suspects came in contact with the country and abroad, and traded in stolen goods, including cigarettes and even a cargo shipment of more than 10,000 pounds (4535 kg) of chocolate.
The gang members were also charged with plotting to rob victims by seducing and drugging them with chloroform, and the use of electronic devices to hack casino slot machines.
The suspects were mostly born in the former Soviet Union and had strong ties with Ukraine, Georgia and Russia.
The indictment also accuses them of extortion, gambling, drugs, human trafficking and credit card fraud.
The charges against 31 people were unsealed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.