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Sat Dec 17, 2016, 07:21 AM

FBI notes rise of gang violence in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The FBI says it has seen an uptick in gang activity in Anchorage, with most of the crime centered on drugs.

FBI agent Mike Watson described Anchorage as a "melting pot" for various types of gangs, which have been active in the city for years.

"We see a little bit of everything," Watson told KTVA-TV bit.ly/2hD4fQf). "We've seen, in the past, connections to Mexican cartels. We see Hispanic gangs, we see white Aryan gangs, so it's not just the Bloods and Crips."

Watson said people from across the country come to Alaska's largest city to participate in the illegal activity because of the high prices for drugs. Dealers can make up to five times the profit selling drugs in Anchorage compared to California, he said.

Read more: http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/fbi-notes-rise-of-gang-violence-in-anchorage/article_faaec0f2-c3a6-11e6-b62f-f7426da36759.html

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