investigation into Holland’s Latin Kings gang included interviews with current and former members, surreptitious recordings of gang meetings, undercover surveillance and seizure of evidence, including firearms and a ledger of gang participants, a federal agent testified on Monday. The agent testified that the local Latin Kings, started in the early to mid-1990s with help from Chicago Latin Kings, have split into separate groups – an east side, and west side. The gangs collect dues, and earn money through selling marijuana and cocaine, Geoffrey Yandl, a special agent for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. He said he has been involved in the investigation since November 2010. Last week, local, state and federal officers executed 17 search warrants in the Holland area in a gang crackdown. Police have arrested at least seven people so far, with additional arrests expected. The government alleged those arrested illegally possessed firearms or ammunition after previous felony convictions.
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