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Miss:(Jackson) u.s Marshall sweep targets members from gd/vl/aryan brotherhood/Simon city royals/crews

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US Marshals' anti-gang operation nets dozens of arrests in Jackson

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In the wee hours of the week of April 9, the US Marshals task force targeted what they called "the worst of the worst" gang members in Jackson and vowed to make the city's streets safer.
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In the wee hours of the morning of April 10, dozens of local, state and federal agents and officers could be seen gathering in front of the "Jackson" mural on Pearl Street.


They strategized, passing around photos and intelligence packets on suspects. Then, they prayed as a group before heading in different directions to spend the next few days hunting "the worst of the worst" on Jackson's streets.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force prepare to enter a home during a recent gang enforcement operation in Jackson.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force prepare to enter a home during a recent gang enforcement operation in Jackson.
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Vice Lords, Aryan Brotherhood, Gangster Disciples, Simon City Royals and other national names were on the list, but there were some members of hybrid groups and neighborhood cliques as well. The effort would result in dozens of arrests.

"I want it to be clear that our intention is to break the backs of these gangs," said U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst. "Our intention is to make Mississippi an anti-gang state, so that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing."


Hurst said a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. today will provide specific numbers on the arrests and additional information about the effort.

Mike Quarles, U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force commander, said "we’re doing everything we can to make the city safer.

"The city of Jackson is a Public Safety Partnership site which has gotten the attention of the Department of Justice that the crime rate is to the point to where it needs a little help."

More: Gangs gain traction in Miss. cities, experts say

The U.S. Marshals Task Force first focused on gang members facing warrants for murder and other violent crimes, as well as gang members who are non-compliant sex offenders. Some also were picked up on gun charges.


Chief Inspector Don Snider, who oversees the U.S. Marshals Gang and Organized Crime Enforcement Unit and is based out of Virginia, was in Jackson for part of the operation.

"We've tried to target the most violent street gang members, targeting the trigger pullers and the leadership, and by doing that, we're disrupting the whole organizational structure of the gangs we’re focusing on," Snider said. "Hopefully through the arrests, we’re reducing the violent crimes associated with the gangs and the drug trafficking and the firearms crimes."


Gang enforcement operation in Jackson, week of April 10, 2018
Not every home is forcibly entered. Often it's just a "knock and talk." In fact, during most raids, a caravan of law enforcement vehicles would roll through a neighborhood, then line up on the curb as task force members got out to approach the homes.

If the knock on the door brought family members out, they would be taken out of harm's way and asked about the subject of the warrant, as well as for permission to enter the home.

"When we’re making contact and are conducting an interview, we’re trying to gain consent to enter the house. If we have reason to believe he’s (suspect) inside and it’s a first-party residence, we can make entry on an arrest warrant," Snider said.

Hurst said he was told that at least 90 percent of the suspects the task force dealt with during the operation were gang-affiliated. When authorities made an arrest, they also filled out a gang validation form on the suspects to keep on record.

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"Gangs are getting into our communities and really infiltrating our youth, getting to them before they really have a chance," Hurst said. "A lot of these kids don’t see or have a lot of hope, and then the gangs come in and give them a false sense of hope.

"They fall into the trap of the gangs, and so that’s what we’re fighting. I’m worried about a lost generation if we can’t bust up these gangs and give these kids some hope."

It's about saving the younger generation, but it's also about eventually reclaiming a city racked by crime, said Quarles.

"We know that there is a large gang population in the city of Jackson, and a good portion of the crime committed in the city is being committed by gang members," Quarles said. "We’re trying to do everything we can to make our state safer."

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Unread post by Quiet-Q » April 16th, 2018, 2:27 pm

45 arrested in Jackson anti-gang operation

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In conjunction with Project Eject, the U.S. Marshals task force arrested 45 people in an anti-gang operation in Jackson the week of April 9, 2018.
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Many of those arrested in a gang enforcement operation in Jackson last week could be prosecuted under Project Eject, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.


U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said around 60 members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force arrested 45 people in the initiative which lasted about a week in Jackson.

Authorities have not released the names, individual charges, or mug shots of those arrested, citing the ongoing investigations surrounding the operation.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst addresses the media about 45 arrests made in a gang roundup in conjunction with Project Eject.
U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst addresses the media about 45 arrests made in a gang roundup in conjunction with Project Eject.
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The suspects were picked up on warrants ranging from murder, aggravated assault, gun charges, but the task force also cracked down on noncompliant sex offenders. According to authorities, over 70 percent of those arrested were gang members.


"Ranging from Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, Simon City Royals, Latin Kings, and Aryan Brotherhood among others," Hurst said. "The Marshals secured a number of arrest warrants from various federal, state and local partners. And with that information and intelligence they already had, that's how they decided to go after the worst of the worst in the city of Jackson."

The suspects were identified as gang members through that intelligence, Hurst said, but some also self-identified or could be identified through tattoos.

"If we're going to make any headway at breaking these gangs, we have to identify them," Hurst said.

The purpose of taking some of the leadership of the gangs off the street is to throw a wrench in their operation, officials said.

"I think any time you take the leaders, there's going to be a disruption," Hurst said. "I'm not going to tell you we're going to be able to stop the gangs forever, but by taking their drugs, taking their guns, taking their proceeds, their cash, I think it's going to put a serious dent in their operation and stunt their growth."

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Posed with a question about whether the state is seeing a surge in gang population, Hurst seemed to allude to the fact that the population has always been there.

"We're seeing a surge in law enforcement to address the gang population in Mississippi, unfortunately some in our community deny there is a gang issue in the state," Hurst said. "But not only these arrests, but the engagement of various gang members this week show that we have a gang problem, not only in Jackson, but I think we'll start to see this around the state."

Previously there have even been law enforcement who downplayed the gang presence in Jackson, and former Chief Lee Vance often referred to the neighborhood cliques and hybrid groups as "wannabes."

Chief Inspector Don Snider, who oversees the U.S. Marshals Gang and Organized Crime Enforcement Unit and is based out of Virginia, was in Jackson for part of the operation. He said, as have many other gang experts, that the hybrid and neighborhood gangs are no less dangerous because they're not as well known as some of the street, prison and motorcycle gangs.

"Gangs are very specific to the region they operate within. Jackson seems to have a majority of street and hybrid type gangs," Snider said. "The name recognition is not important to us... We don’t care if you’re from a corner gang or a one block street gang or a hybrid gang that’s a neighborhood clique if you’re out there causing violence and hurting people."

Hurst said Project Eject, which stands for "Empower Jackson Expel Crime Together" is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to tackle violent crime head on, bringing together federal, state and local law enforcement with community leaders, church leaders, non-profits, neighborhood associations, businesses, schools and ordinary citizens.

Hurst said the task force was "proactively taking the fight directly to the criminal element."

There will be other announcement soon about the prevention, awareness, and prevention pieces of Project Eject, Hurst said.

In the wee hours of the week of April 9, the US Marshals task force targeted what they called "the worst of the worst" gang members in Jackson and vowed to make the city's streets safer.
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