Police conduct massive raid on notorious gang leaders (pictures)

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An anti-gang task force swept through a Palm Springs neighborhood on Wednesday, in a pre-dawn raid targeting the Gateway Posse Crips, an offshoot of the Los Angeles Crips, one of the largest and most notorious gangs in the United States, according to The Desert Sun.

The Sun reports that the police raided homes in which the Gateway Posse Crips occupied, after they had claimed territory on the northern edge of Palm Springs for three decades. The police arrested drug suspects and confiscated drugs as they wrapped up a four-month sting.

According to KMIR:

Members of a Palm Springs gang allegedly involved in local drug sales were arrested today during a series of early morning raids conducted by the District Attorney’s Office’s Gang Impact Team.

Starting around 5 a.m., officers made arrests and raided homes occupied by members of the Gateway Posse Crips, which prosecutors say has been involved in homicides, narcotics sales and a variety of other crimes since the gang’s inception in 1988.

Dubbed Operation Gatekeeper II, the sweep resulted in seven arrests and the seizures of a handgun, as well as heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

Eight others with outstanding warrants involving drug sales were still being sought, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Palm Springs police Chief Bryan Reyes said: “The Gang Impact Team is extremely effective throughout our county and I am fortunate to have a member of the Palm Springs Police Department on the team. Through shared resources and a team approach, the community of Palm Springs and Riverside County will benefit from this ongoing approach on crime.”

The raid included undercover purchases of cocaine, crack, methamphetamine and ecstasy from suspected gang members.

Authorities issued a press release saying the following suspects had been arrested “primarily” on drug-related charges: Marcus Washington, 19; Raymond Harris, 56; Calvin Bradley, 56; Beverly Garrett, 57; Artenchis Boyd, 29; Noel Acevedo, 22; and Kaagen Signs, 23.

Washington was the only person arrested who had previously been identified in court records as a “documented” member of the Gateway Posse Crips.

Three Crips eluded capture: Trevor Cliffton Messengale, 26; Corey Stevens Ellison, 31; and Detavius Miller Jr., 23.

“Our Gang Impact Team continues to expand across the county,” District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. “Today’s operation is another example of the outstanding work they do going after the criminal street gangs that are responsible for so much of our crime.”

Operation Gatekeeper II is named after a similar raid which was conducted against the gang in 2009, and led to 17 arrests and the recovery of 37 firearms. Both operations were conducted by the DA’s Gang Impact Team.

 

Police in Palm Springs seized heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy in a drug bust of Crips gang, December 20, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Riverside County District Attorney’s Office)

 

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