A joint law enforcement operation in Denver has seen local and federal officers arrest 35 members and associates of the East Side Crips gang.
The offences took place in public places such as parks, public transit and neighbourhoods. The huge operation involved 225 law enforcement agents, from 18 agencies, who charged the gang members with a variety of drug trafficking offences.
Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer said in a statement, “In Colorado, we pride ourselves on gold-standard law enforcement partnerships that make life safe here.”
“Crimes of this nature cause our citizens to live in fear and threaten to destroy our neighbourhoods. This cannot be tolerated. We are confident today’s arrests will send a message to those contemplating committing these egregious acts that they will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers added in a statement.
According to the Daily Caller:
The Department of Justice announced that a total of 52 members and associates of the gang were charged with trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine in the Denver metro area. This comes a day after the DOJ announced that a 75-day crackdown on gang members in San Diego led to federal charges against over 140 gang members and associates.
The Trump administration has put significant energy into combating gang violence and appears to be making headway.