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Case dismissed against LA anti-gang leader

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California judge has dismissed a racketeering and conspiracy case against a prominent anti-gang activist in Los Angeles because of flaws in a grand jury indictment.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office, says U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer on Wednesday granted the prosecution's motion to dismiss the charge against Alex Sanchez. Prosecutors, however, have said they may refile the charge but no decision has yet been made.

Sanchez was a onetime member of the brutal Mara Salvatrucha “MS-13” gang. He later disavowed gang life and became one of Los Angeles' best known interventionists who work to steer youth away from violence.

But authorities said Sanchez was leading a double life as an active leader of a MS-13 faction and had ordered a murder.

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