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The West Side Crips of Bakersfield established an illegal casino at 333 Union Ave., Suite 105.

When hundreds of law enforcement officials converged upon Bakersfield on Tuesday to carry out a daring pre-dawn raid to bust scores of West Side Crips gang members, they began unraveling a sprawling criminal enterprise.

The members of that gang dabbled in illegal gambling, operated a narcotics trafficking business that crossed state lines and engaged in turf wars, according to a federal indictment released this week. Some stopped short of nothing — not robbery, assault or even murder — to expand their footprint and chase that almighty dollar.

​Harold Pierce can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter: @RoldyPierce.

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