Multiple agencies bring down violent street gang

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PHOENIX - The following is press release from the Department of Public Safety:

The Arizona Attorney General's Office, the Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Phoenix Police Department, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announce today, September 9, 2008, the execution of 9 search warrants and the arrest of 51gang members/associates, 38 arrested today and 13 appeared by summons.The FBI's Violent Street Gang Task Force comprised of the Phoenix Police Department, Department of Public Safety, Mesa Police Department, and the Arizona Department of Corrections worked jointly with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Arizona Attorney General's office to diminish gang related crime.

In January 2007, top law enforcement officials publicly stated their resolve to address street gang violence.Today's efforts show a continued effort to lessen gang related activity in our communities."Stopping crimes committed by violent gang members has and will always be a top priority for me.Dismantling, disrupting, and dissolving gangs are among my highest priorities and one of the highest priorities for the residents of Phoenix.So far this year, the Phoenix Police Department Gang Enforcement Unit has arrested 589 gang members," said Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris.

On Monday, Attorney General Terry Goddard obtained indictments against 43 individuals in connection with this long-term investigation into fraud and drug trafficking, bringing the total to 102 individuals indicted to date.The defendants were indicted in Maricopa County Superior Court on numerous felony charges, including fraud schemes and possession of dangerous drugs for sale.Once the defendants are served, information on those individuals will be made available.