OAKLAND -- Three men were indicted earlier this week by a federal grand jury for dealing crack outside the Boys & Girls Club and near McClymonds High School in Oakland, federal officials announced Friday.

Alton Lerand Hirsch, Charles Edward Moss, Jr. and Nolan Ronald Jones are each charged in separate indictments alleging that they dealt cocaine base in the form of crack within 1,000 feet of the school at 2607 Myrtle St., according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. This is in violation of the federal drug-free school zone statute and could send them to prison for 40 years.

Their ages and cities of residence were not available from either Haag's office or the Oakland Police Department late Friday. Oakland police, the FBI and Oakland community members assisted with the probe, which ran from May to September.

The investigation targeted the corner of Mead Avenue, Market and 24th streets, a known area for drug dealing where the school and the club are located, federal officials reported.

"This area is one frequented by the children of Oakland," said Haag in a statement. "Those children deserve the same chance as children who live in other neighborhoods around the Bay Area: the chance to go to and from school and the Boys & Girls Club without having to navigate through crack deals on the way."

The three defendants were arraigned in federal court in Oakland and are in the custody of the United States marshal.

Contact Kristin J. Bender at kbender@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.



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