Dozens Face Federal Charges for Gang-Related Drug Trafficking in South MississippiBy Rhonda Miller | Published 01 Aug 2012 08:46pm |
Forty-nine people face charges related to drug trafficking and gang activity in South Mississippi. MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports the arrests are the result of a 15-month investigation.
"The charges include possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, also known as crack, interstate transportation of cocaine with intent to distribute, and there’s a possession of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking."
That’s U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Gregory Davis detailing the federal charges against 49 people yesterday at Moss Point City Hall.
Supervisory Agent for the FBI on the Gulf Coast James Burton said those arrested are associated with the Black Gangster Disciples street gang. Burton said the Southeast Mississippi Safe Streets Task Force is a critical element in disrupting gangs in the Pascagoula and Moss Point Areas.
"Seven law enforcement agencies participate in this task force, each of which is committed to this long-term coordinated effort to disrupt and dismantle the violent street gangs which intimidate, prey upon and target the law-abiding citizens of local communities."
After a-year-and-a-half on the job, Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis said the arrests are a big step in bringing peace to the streets.
"When I took office, the biggest issue we had was the citizens were afraid to come outside because of all the crime activity that was happening in the city. So by removing this large element from the community, it’s going to give people renewed confidence in their community, where they can go out and enjoy their property. Children can return outside and play."
Five kilos of cocaine and crack cocaine, with a street value of about half a million dollars, were seized in investigation. Law enforcement officers said the indictments are just one phase of long-term efforts to keep gang violence off the streets of South Mississippi.
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