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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 7:14 pm | Updated: 7:47 pm, Sat Mar 30, 2013.

Once seen as an inner-city problem relegated to lawless corners where boarded-up flop houses converge, criminal street gangs are extending their reach to suburbs and subdivisions, local investigators say.

While the nation's violent crime rate is near a 40-year low, gangs are becoming more entrenched across the U.S. in big cities, small towns and rural areas, including Charlottesville and Albemarle County, according to federal surveys and local police.

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