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Crips leaders arrested under racketeering laws

— 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.”

SUSPECTS ARRESTED

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.

  1. Curtis Broner
  2. Terry Daniels
  3. Jermaine Harrison
  4. Dominique Henderson
  5. Courtney Hicks
  6. Bobby Jackson
  7. Cosaine Moore
  8. Donald Pratt
  9. Dennis Smith
  10. 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.

Comments

waltspecht 3 years ago

US Marshals must be slipping up. They usually have these folks under survailance prior to making a big raid like this so they don't end up with egg on their face. Think someone told them they were coming? By the way, how are the 911 operators doing lately? How about the Officers the Crips are know to have on the force in other Cities, wonder if there are any here?

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richie 3 years ago

Congrats to the APD, DCP, Sheriff's Dept., GBI and US Marshals! This was a big bust and is the beginning of the end of gangs in Albany. Have to give credit to the Albany Commissioners and especially Roger Marietta who made the motion to create the Gang Task Force. Glad they are working together with all jurisdictions to make this happen.

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Lori2528 3 years ago

They busted one at Talecris this past Thursday, near Brooks Plaza. US Marshall's did that one and it was Awesome. Thank you Albany!!!!

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 12 months ago

The problem is most of these people will probably be let out on bond due the court system is wayyyy behind so don't bet on them staying in jail for too long because after a certain time period they must be granted bond if they sit in jail for too long waiting on the court system to bring indictments against these people. I wouldn't say this is a success just yet. Plus, the D.A.'s office is operating at the pace of a turtle because they are also back logged due to all the arrests in the past year by the Gang Task Force.

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beautifulmstnt 2 years, 12 months ago

What about the people arrested that were trying or has made a change in their lives? Instead they are being targeted by Albany GTF and mislabled. What is the whole point of change when this city does not give you the opportunity to do so. Sometimes you can't help what situation you were brought up in. You can only do better in your adult life. What the GTF is doing is an outrage. Destroying innocent lives to keep their funding. So the problem is most people need to open their eyes, wake up and smell the coffee. This city is in complete turmoil because people don't know the truth.

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