Official Says Small But Deadly Gangs Present New Problems for Law Enforcement


Loosely affiliated, but well armed, neighborhood drug gangs across the country are often more violent than established groups such as the Bloods or the Crips, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported today. The paper quoted Deputy U.S. Attorney General Craig Morford, the second-in-command at the U.S. Department of Justice, as saying the smaller gangs are typically named after a street that members come from and often consist of young members.

Morford said the gangs “are shooting at each other with a complete wantonness that is different than before.” Law enforcement didn’t always pay attention to the groups because of the lack of formal organization, Morford said, but U.S. attorney’s offices are increasingly leading task forces that bring local and federal law enforcement together to tackle such groups.


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