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Wichita Crips Gang Members Charged with Murder, Robbery, Drug Trafficking


By —— Bio and Archives--October 4, 2007

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The Crips street gang in Wichita is the target of the first federal racketeering case ever filed in Kansas, US Attorney Eric Melgren and Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams announced Friday.

Twenty-eight members of the Crips are charged in two indictments that are the result of a yearlong federal investigation led by the Wichita Police Department.

“The defendants are accused of attempting to use violence and threats of violence to preserve and expand the power of the Crips street gang and to protect their criminal enterprise from interference by law enforcement,” Melgren said. “The indictments describe a criminal enterprise in which murder, drive-by shootings, robbery, and drug trafficking crimes were treated as tools for doing business.”

“The Wichita Police Department is aggressively investigating the gang organizations that are committing criminal activities in our community,” Chief Williams said. “We will pursue criminal charges either in district court or in federal court as we strive to make Wichita a safe and secure community.”

Police, federal prosecutors and a dozen other local, state and federal agencies worked together to develop a case using the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to prosecute the Crips. In two indictments, 28 defendants are identified as members of the Crips and subsets of the Crips including the Neighborhood Crips, the Insane Crips, the Tre Five



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