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Definition of Street Gang Under Federal Law

Law enforcement has been heavily focused on preventing crimes committed by street gangs. Under 18 USC § 521, certain crimes committed by street gangs are explicitly prohibited. The definition of "street gang" under this section is an ongoing group, club, organization, or association of five or more persons with the ongoing intent of committing federal drug and/or violent crimes, with members who engage or have engaged in a continuing series of offenses within the past five years, the activities of which interfere with interstate or foreign commerce.

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