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By Associated Press
LOS ANGELES ̵
The jury of the US District Court of Santa Ana formerly found Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a hacker guilty of racketeering and conspiracy.
The verdict is an unusually decade mission of prosecutors to dismantle the gang responsible for drug trafficking and murder by taking control of the brand they said was the core of the gang's identity.
The gang members "were empowered by these symbols to wear as armor" Deputy American lawyer Steve Welk said.
The confiscation still needs to be approved by a federal judge and the practical effect of such an order was not immediately clear. When prosecutors announced the charges in 2008, they said that a confiscation order would allow any law enforcement officer to stop a gang member and "literally take the jacket off his back", according to court records.
Prosecutors would not comment on Friday what would happen in the future. But the defense lawyer Joseph Yanny questioned whether the judge would actually issue such an order and said that the novel theory was dissatisfied.
"If you were a police officer and you knew there was a gang out there and they had emblems to identify who they are, why would you in God's name want to remove them so you couldn't know who they were? Yanny said, "It's the stupidest thing."
Yanny, who challenges The conviction, arguing that the organization was a club, not a gang that did not tolerate criminal activity, said the government was targeting the group because of its large Mexican-American population and turned some crimes into a "group conviction."
In November Jesse Ventura for the defense and denied Mongols was a criminal gang, Ventura said he did not commit any crime or was prepared to do so when he was a Mongol in the 1970s.
But lawyer is found that the Mongols were a criminal company responsible for murder, attempting to kill and drug trafficking.
Killers in the hall were awarded a special war-char and crossbones patch, said assistant US lawyer Christopher M. Brunwin.
He told lawyers about the killing of a Hells Angels leader in San Francisco, a Nevada fight in 2002 that left members of both clubs dead and the death of a Pomona police officer who was killed when he broke down a Mongol member's door to serve a search order in 2014.
The effort to take the logo followed the imprisoned beliefs of 77 gang members in 2008 after the United States Agency for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives infiltrated the gang.
Four male ATF agents became "full-patch" members and four female agents constituted their girlfriends during the long investigation.
"Being a Mongolian promis is one of two things – death or imprisonment", a member told one of the agents who received a coveted patch, accused prosecutors.
The Mongols were founded in a suburb of Los Angeles in 1969. The group is estimated to have more than 1,000 riders in chapters worldwide.
The verdict will lead to confiscation of the gang's legal interest in the word "Mongols" and some of their patches as well as the objects of the Mongols seized during the investigation, accused prosecutors.
A judge may also impose a fine on a future judicial hearing.