Major crackdown of notorious New Orleans gang announced
Jay Vise Reporting
Local law enforcement officials joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu today in announcing a wide-ranging indictment of a New Orleans gang suspected of being involved in numerous local murders.
Officials say one of those killings was the murder of 5-year-old Briana Allen at a birthday party last year.
NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas, DA Leon Cannizzaro, Sheriff Marlin Gusman and representatives of the FBI describe the 51-count indictment of the alleged drug gang as “the most sweeping” in New Orleans’ history.
At this morning’s press conference, Serpas said NOPD detectives have been working with the DA’s office for months to build the case against the “110’ers,” described as a highly organized operation involved in violent street crime.
An early-morning roundup by the NOPD, State Police, and the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office netted several of the suspects, according to the DA's office.
"In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Orleans Parish criminal justice system has reached a tipping point. You are witnessing a rebirth of that system," Cannizzaro said. "It is sometimes difficult for ordinary citizens to see, but the criminal element in this city is recognizing it. The old street paradigm of safety in numbers is over."
Police say the 110'ers gang began in the 10th and 11th Wards and is an "umbrella organization" for several smaller neighborhood gangs.
The indictment, fashioned after the federal racketeering model, names 15 people in a conspiracy involving 14 murders and numerous other acts of violent crime across New Orleans.
Officials say the indictment is the result of the work of the Multi Agency Gang Unit (MAG) which included:
· The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD);
· TheOrleans Parish District Attorney’s Office (DA);
· The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO);
· Louisiana State Police (LSP);
· Parole Board of the Louisiana Department of Corrections;
· United States Attorney’s Office (USAO);
· Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);
· Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF);
· Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA);
· United States Marshal’s Service (USMS); and
· United States Probation & Parole Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.