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Thirty-three gang members have been federally indicted and dozens more will likely be charged.
In December 2008, the Sheriffs Office Gang Enforcement Section began an intensive undercover operation targeting gang related drug activity in the Progress Village and Palm River communities.
During the early stages of the investigation, undercover narcotics detectives conducted drugs transactions with local gang members. Intelligence and cooperation from individuals eventually revealed a gang hierarchy and criminal organization who were importing millions of dollars worth of narcotics into the United States via Mexico.
As a result of the investigation, 33 gang members have been federally indicted and dozens more will likely be charged, during this investigation the following evidence has been seized;
• over 40 kilos of powder cocaine
• approximately $600,000.00 in cash
• approximately 1,200 pounds of marijuana
• one half (1/2) kilogram of crack cocaine
• 13 vehicles
• water craft
• several firearms
The street value of the narcotics seized is estimated at 2.5 million dollars.
The successes of this investigation can be directly attributed to the concerns of citizens who stepped forward and refused to allow gangs in their neighborhoods. Criminal activity committed by of street gangs remains a priority for the Sheriff’s Office.
The certified street gangs from which key members have been identified and arrested are listed as follows:
• Latin Life
• Progress Village Boys,
• Palm River Boys
• 8-Deuce Click, 58th St Boys
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration is committed to creating and maintaining an active community partnership and assisting citizens in identifying and solving problems to improve the quality of lives in our neighborhoods.