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updated: 11/1/2013 5:29 PM

8 gang members charged with drug trafficking

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Eight members of the Black Disciples have been charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine in Chicago, authorities announced.

The acting head of Chicago's FBI office, Robert Shields, Jr., and Chicago's new U.S. attorney, Zachary Fardon, announced the charges against the purported Black Disciples on Friday.

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The FBI says one suspect was arrested in Peoria and six in Chicago. One evaded arrest.

The arrests come a week after Fardon was sworn in. Several politicians have urged him to target gangs and make the reduction of street violence a higher priority.

Those arrested include Darnell McMiller, whose nickname is "Murder." A complaint cites him bragging on a wiretap that he carries out "hits" for his supplier.

A message seeking comment from McMiller's attorney wasn't immediately returned Friday.

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