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Gang behind violence in Northeast Baltimore taken down; 14 of 18 members arrested

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 10:22:25-04

BALTIMORE — It's one of the most dangerous areas in the city and now, a majority of a gang behind the violence is behind bars.

Today, Baltimore Police announced the take down of the Jay-30 Payback Crips. The gang operated in Coldstream, Homestead and Upper Montebello communities in Northeast Baltimore.

18 members were identified, 14 of them were arrested and charged. Warrants have been issued for the other four members.

"I think the message from this collective body is clear. You're looking at the entire weight of local and state government, and we have the federal government with us as well," said Baltimore Police Commissioner, Michael Harrison. "That if you decide that violent crime is going to be the life you choose, we will see to it that prison will be the price you pay."

Last year, the city, along with state partners dismantled the Milligan Drug Crew in Cherry Hill and the Fifth and Patapsco Drug organization.

Then, earlier this year, the Black Magic Crew, who sold fentanyl in the city and infiltrated the streets of West Baltimore with guns, was also taken down.