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Coordinated law enforcement operation takes down narcotics trafficking enterprise
Written by News Desk   
Saturday, 16 August 2014 15:20

Special to The Indy

  U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. announced that '26 violent criminals have been taken off the streets making Crenshaw Village a safer place to live.' Beck U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama was joined in the anouncement by; Robert F. Lasky, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Mobile Division; Clay Morris, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge; and Bill Franklin, Sheriff of Elmore County.

Crenshaw Village is a neighborhood in Elmore County, Alabama that was plagued with violence and drug dealing. Because it was such a high crime area, the Central Alabama Drug Task Force (CADTF) launched an investigation into these violent criminals. CADTF uncovered that Crenshaw Village was being run by a set of the Blood Street Gang called "Care Nothin' 'Bout It" or CNB who operated an open-air drug market in Crenshaw Village.

CADTF requested the help and resources of FBI to further the gang investigation and Operation Park and Ride was created. Operation Park and Ride targeted the trigger pullers and street-level drug dealers that operated in Crenshaw Village and were members of CNB. In addition to drug dealing, these CNB members committed multiple armed home invasions and convenience store robberies.

As FBI continued the investigation into CNB, they discovered that CNB was being supplied by local, regional, and international large-scale drug dealers. FBI forwarded this information to DEA and Operation Two Face was created. Operation Two Face focused on the large-scale drug dealers that were supplying the members of CNB in Crenshaw Village. Operation Two Face prevented hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from entering into the State of Alabama.

The Central Alabama Drug Task Force was the glue between these two operations. Because of the cooperation between the CADTF, the FBI and the DEA, virtually all of the members and associates of CNB have been convicted; from the street-level crack cocaine dealer to the multi-kilogram international drug supplier. These operations have cleaned up Crenshaw Village, making it a much safer place to live. Attached to this release is the list of individuals that were convicted in the Crenshaw Village clean-up.

"It is very difficult to eradicate an entire drug organization from the lowest level dealer to the highest level supplier," Beck said. "These two operations met and exceeded that goal. Now members of the Crenshaw Village community can feel safer in their own homes, without fear of drug dealers or trigger pullers."

"I simply cannot express the importance of the relationships we have regarding ongoing investigations where FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshal's among others are involved," stated Sheriff Franklin. "We are blessed to have a drug task force assigned to our county that obviously cares about the future well-being of our county as a whole."

"The dismantlement of this violent gang and drug trafficking network is a great success story of interagency cooperation in central Alabama," Lasky said.

"It is rare that we see cases that completely destroy an entire organization from top to bottom, but these operations did exactly that," said Morris.

"The cooperation experienced in this case was extraordinary and shows what can be accomplished through teamwork. DEA agents have an expertise in investigating large-scale drug organizations. FBI agents have an expertise in investigating gangs. When you put all of that knowledge together, you can wipe out the scourge of gangs and drugs," Morris added

These cases were investigated by the CADTF, FBI, and DEA, with the assistance from Montgomery HIDTA Task Force, U.S. Marshal Service, Elmore County Sherriff's Office, Wetumpka Police Department, Montgomery Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Millbrook Police Department, Prattville Police Department, Autauga County Sherriff's Office, Alabama State Troopers, Alabama Beverage Control, Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Chilton County Sherriff's Office, the 19th Circuit District Attorney's Office, and the Alabama National Guard. These cases were prosecuted by Verne Speirs, Gray Borden, Brandon Essig, and Tommie Brown Hardwick.

 
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