450 law enforcement officers descended on the Denver area yesterday, ripping drugs and money out of walls, taking weapons stashed under beds, and hauling away boxes of cash, drugs and other items, including bulletproof vests and three grenades, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Forty-nine people were arrested in what authorities called the largest gang takedown in Colorado history. Suspects were indicted on federal gun, drug, and money- laundering charges. The suspects could be linked to 10 to 12 unsolved murders, including the Jan. 1 killing of Denver Bronco Darrent Williams. Many of those charged are members of the Tre-Tre Crips and Rolling 30s Crips, which prosecutors called two of Denver’s most violent street gangs.
In one home yesterday, officers found $107,000 in cash. The investigation started 18 months ago and included undercover work as well as wiretaps and surveillance. Said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Tafoya: “The only way to really make the community safe is to take everyone. You’ve got to start at the bottom, go all the way to the top, go as far as you can go within this country and outside of it. That’s what we’ve tried to do here today, is make a difference to our community, not just make another arrest.”