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Phoenix street gang members accused in murder case

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Leshon Jones & Antwon Glass Leshon Jones & Antwon Glass
PHOENIX -

20 people from rival street gangs have been arrested by Phoenix police for their alleged involvement in at least two murders and conspiring to commit others.

Authorities announced Friday that 15 other people indicted in the case still are being sought.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 23-year-old Leshon Jones and 21-year-old Antwon Glass are accused in a March murder stemming from a drug deal gone bad.

According to investigators, Jones and Glass made contact with the 27-year-old victim, Ricky Hernandez, under the guise of wanting to buy marijuana from him. Authorities allege the two south Phoenix street gang members killed the man and stole the drugs.

At the time, Hernandez and his wife, Leticia Misquez, just had a baby.

"This is just a nightmare.  This is just unreal to me, it's just unreal," she said.  "The baby was only two weeks old and now he's seven months old and I just want to wake up from this nightmare."

More than two months after Hernandez was shot, one of Jones' friends was killed in a drive-by shooting.  Police say Jones and his gang plotted to retaliate against a rival gang they believed was responsible.  Officers busted Jones and his gang with guns and ammunition in the car.

"We're not gonna tolerate this type of violent behavior in our city," said Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia.

The arrests led to more investigation and 35 suspected gang members indicted.  Police say these people need to be taken off the streets before they hurt other families like Leticia's.  She knows they'll have their day in court and wants justice.

"I want them dead..sorry for saying that, but I want them dead.  They don't deserve to breathe because they're gonna do it to somebody else.  Somebody else's family is gonna go through this and I don't want them to go through that," she said.

Authorities say some of the suspects will be facing charges that include conspiracy to commit murder, assisting a criminal street gang, misconduct involving weapons and money laundering.  They're still searching for the 15 others named in the indictment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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