Albany Law enforcement agencies executed nearly 400 warrants for racketeering and other charges Friday against about 54 Crips Gang members in “Operation Shock” spearheaded by the Albany Police Department Gang Unit.
“This is a down payment to what we plan to do against gangs in our city. It is an operation we intend to continue,” said police Chief John Proctor. “It is not over yet. We will continue to make the city a safer place.”
The following are suspects who were arrested Friday in a racketeering warrant sweep by the Albany Police Department Gang Unit and multiple agencies such as the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office.
- Curtis Broner
- Terry Daniels
- Jermaine Harrison
- Dominique Henderson
- Courtney Hicks
- Bobby Jackson
- Cosaine Moore
- Donald Pratt
- Dennis Smith
- Quintavis Wade
Ten new arrests from various areas of the city put gang members in Dougherty County Jail with Crips already incarcerated, said District Attorney Greg Edwards.
Another 10 Crips are on the run and remain on the top of the Albany most wanted list. “We are rolling to get them,” Edwards said. “They are all among the leaders of the Crips Gang.”
All 54 charged with racketeering range from 17 to 33. They are in the leadership hierarchy, the core of the gang, Edwards said.
He added that the operation, 13 months in planning, intelligence gathering and execution “has effectively crushed the Crips Gang.”
Taking what he called “the first step” against the Crips, Edwards plans to continue the fight against the Bloods, Rattlers, El Monte Flores and other gangs under the racketeering statutes.
Charges based on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statutes will be added to underlying charges such as rape, aggravated assault and armed robbery. Racketeering can add 25 years on top of an underlying crime sentence.
Under the statutes, a member of a gang is criminally responsible for whatever criminal activity members of his gang execute in furtherance of the gang’s actions.
Edwards said, “We have overwhelming evidence — without a reasonable doubt — that each is a gang member with rank and standing in the gang hierarchy.”
Assisting the Gang Unit sweeping through the city to serve warrants, make arrests and put gang members in jail uniform officers and many agencies took part in Operation Shock.
“It took a lot of people to pull it off. All saw the need to do this,” Proctor said. “They came from all across the state to help crack the gang problem in the community.”
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said it was a good example of cooperation between various agencies.
“A collaborative effort like this shows how well all our efforts have to be in place for a successful operation,” Sproul said. “This sends a message. If you are in a gang you will either die or spend a lot of time in prison.”
Federal agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Marshals Service and state agencies such as the Department of Corrections also took part in the operation.