Friday, December 16, 2011
© Copyright 2013
Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police on Friday divulged the specific target of a 10-month investigation that culminated in a widespread crackdown this week: A street gang with roots in New Orleans called the 9th Ward.
A multi-agency investigation launched in February has resulted in the arrest of 49 gang members, including 30 netted during a gang sweep in Gwinnett that kicked off before dawn Wednesday near Norcross.
Gwinnett police have scheduled a Monday press conference with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to detail the takedown, which was headquartered at Norcross' North Atlanta Trade Center and fingered around the county.
"The sweep is done, but it generated a lot more leads to be investigated," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Friday.
Members of the 9th Ward gang are responsible for dealing drugs and committing burglaries, thefts, robberies, carjackings and other violent crimes in Gwinnett County and throughout metro Atlanta, Smith said. Some 100 ATF agents, U.S. Marshalls and Probations and Paroles officers participated in the sweep, serving about 120 warrants.
Police declined further comment until the Monday gathering.