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Federal authorities say 14 members and associates of Binghamton's 'MacBallers' charged


ALBANY, New York — Federal authorities say they have charged 14 members and associates of the Bloods street gang called the "MacBallers" in a drug trafficking bust centered in Binghamton.

Prosecutors say arrest and search warrants in the greater Binghamton area and New York City were served early Wednesday and defendants will appear later Wednesday before a federal magistrate.

Locations searched include the nightclub called "17 East" in Binghamton, which authorities say the gang member's frequented.

The federal felony complaint alleges that since September 2009 the group was responsible for distributing quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana in the area, using rented vehicles, apartments, prepaid cell phones and guns to do it.

The defendants, ranging in age from 23 to 55, could face 10 years to life in prison.

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