MA Arrests May Relieve Gang Violence, But the Reprieve Is Temporary


More than 700 gang members have been arrested in Massachusetts since 2010, but experts don’t expect the problem of gang violence to disappear, reports the Boston Herald. Other gangsters will fill the vacuum. The Massachusetts arrests are part of a national trend. Gang arrests have increased 80 percent in the past decade, said Richard Teahan, supervisor of the state's FBI Gang Task Force.

Among them is a slew of raids since June netting 79 suspects from gangs in Boston, Bloods in Charlestown and Latin Kings in New Bedford. Stretching anywhere from 14 to 18 months, the probes unite local, state and federal authorities in task forces Teahan called the “single most important strategy we have in place.” Local police provide the “eyes and ears,” he said, identifying the enforcers and leadership; state agencies the confidential informants who help infiltrate; and the feds the funding and technology. The results, local police say, can be impressive. After a 2006 operation that swept up 37 Latin Kings, New Bedford didn't see a murder for nearly a year.

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