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Video: Police Say Las Vegas Safer After Operation Cripples Area Gang

October 20, 2017  | 

VIDEO: Police Say Las Vegas Safer After Operation Cripples Area Gang

Las Vegas-area police and federal law enforcement agencies have crippled a longtime area gang, indicting most of its members in a state racketeering case, the first in Nevada targeting an entire organization, authorities said.

Operation Spartan Fist netted 21 suspects in connection with two murder cases, several attempted murder incidents, drug trafficking and robbery, Clark County Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts said Thursday. They may also be linked to a third murder, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

Roberts refused to name the gang, which originated in North Las Vegas and has been operating in the valley since the 1990s, saying he wanted to avoid giving it notoriety and publicity.

The gang operated in North Las Vegas and the northeast valley but was trying to expand, officials said.

"Las Vegas is a safer place today with these individuals behind bars, and we want to send a strong message to gang members who live in Las Vegas and those who come to Las Vegas and believe they can conduct criminal activity without impunity," said Roberts, who was flanked by local and federal officials as a slideshow of mug shots, weapons and drugs flashed on a screen.

Las Vegas Metro Police posted a video of the press conference announcing the bust on Facebook.

Comments (2)

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Alan Mark @ 10/20/2017 7:34 PM

Great job, LVMPD! Targeted enforcement usually works well, in L.A., LASD (OSS) and LAPD ( SIS and CRASH or Whatever it's called now) have made a big dent in Gang activity. Keep up the good work!!

kevcopaz @ 10/21/2017 7:00 AM

Sounds like a well planned and executed operation. Being a former Street Gang Investigator myself I realize how much these gangs influence crime on the streets of our major cities and how very hard it is to destroy them considering their deep roots in the communities. I applaud the fact that the LVMPD is unwilling to broadcast the gang's name and further add to their "mystique". I wish other departments across America would do the same with these and other crimes. No need to mention individual gang names or even individuals by name, only helps some of them to wallow in the 10 seconds of fame. This also adds the possibility of "copy cat" crimes and someone committing crazy criminal acts just for the fame, we have all seen it. I believe that we shouldn't broadcast the names of suspects/defendants unless it furthers the investigation or community safety. Rather, keep them nameless faceless scum and perhaps they will not get any "fix" from the publicity.They deserve no recognition.

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