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New gang unit may suppress weapons crimes

Roseville, California, area residents may not know this, but the Sacramento area is a hive of criminal gang activity. According to a recent investigative report, there are approximately 12,000 gang members in Sacramento County alone, belonging to 200 different criminal gangs.

This can be extremely alarming news to someone who may never have seen the dark underbelly of the Sacramento area. Even more alarming is that these gang members are routinely involved in both gun-related and drug-related crimes. The two go hand-in-hand, but local area police have recently received a boost in their efforts to combat this ever growing problem and as a result, gang members could be arrested for weapons charges.

Sacramento County received an $11 million grant to be applied toward gang suppression efforts, and they have used those funds to create a new unit called IMPACT. The unit composed of hand-picked officers and deputies from several different area law enforcement agencies have seen early success with the program. They reported that gang-related crimes in 2012 are down so far from last year's numbers, and the unit has seized 112 guns and made 124 arrests.

Dealing with gang members involved with deadly weapons and guns is a dangerous job, but the $11 million grant shows that our government considers gang suppression efforts to be an important part of public policy.

Anyone who is arrested for a weapons charge can expect a spirited and vigorous prosecution. In light of this new unit, gang members may even be considered to be targets early on to set an example for others. Regardless of the charge however, all defendants are entitled to a competent criminal defense. Gun control laws can be especially detailed and complex and anyone facing weapons charges would be wise to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: News10, "PHOTOS: Sacramento County hopes to become model for gang suppression," C. Johnson, May 8, 2012

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