Alleged SF gang members indicted on murder, racketeering charges

A federal grand jury Thursday issued a 17-count indictment accusing 10 alleged members and associates of a San Francisco gang of murder, racketeering, drug trafficking and other charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The indictment targets the Central Divisadero Playas, a criminal street gang in The City’s Western Addition and Fillmore neighborhoods, and includes the high-profile case of a Southern California man, Calvin Sneed, who police say was killed in 2012 for pimping the daughter of two of the defendants.

Barry Gilton and Lupe Mercado, Gilton’s cousin Antonio Gilton, Alfonzo Williams, Adrian Gordon, Reginald Elmore, Charles Heard, Esau Ferdinand, Paul Robeson and Monzell Harding Jr. are the 10 defendants named in the indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Each is already in state or federal custody and faces a maximum term of life in prison. Elmore and Heard could face a death sentence for a 2008 double murder, according to prosecutors.Bay Area NewsCentral Divisadero PlayasCrimeCrime & CourtsU.S Attorney's office

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