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26 convicted in Elmore County's Crenshaw Village clean-up probe

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Elmore County community of Crenshaw Village is safer today following the convictions of 26 violent gang members who were brazen enough in their control of the community that they managed an open-air drug market place.

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin campaigned on cleaning up Crenshaw during his first election in 1991. 

More than 20 years later, he still vividly remembers his first trip to the community. 

"We were greeted with five gallon buckets of diesel fuel lit on fire, rolling down the street," Franklin said. "They were trying to explain to us these were their streets, and we need to go somewhere else."

The community's high crime rate drew the attention of the Central Alabama Drug Task Force, or CADTF, which launched an investigation into the cause. It didn't take long before detectives uncovered the cause, the community was being run by a set of the Blood Street Gang that went by the name "Care Nothin' 'Bout It".

The CADTF turned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for resources to further investigate the gang's activities and 'Operation Park and Ride' was born. The goal: target the gang's trigger pullers and street-level drug dealers.

"We are confident in saying that this organization was moving more than 20 kilos of cocaine a month into Montgomery and the Crenshaw area," said DEA special agent in charge Clay Morris.

As the FBI probed the gang's activities, they learned that in addition to the drug crimes, the gang members were committing armed home invasions and robbing convenience stores. The FBI also found the drugs that were being pushed were supplied through a network of local, regional and international large-scale dealers.

With the FBI's surveillance in hand, the agency turned to the Drug Enforcement Agency, which in turn launched 'Operation Two Face' a plan to target the large-scale drug dealers who were feeding the narcotics into the hands of Crenshaw Village's violent gang.

"It is very difficult to eradicate an entire drug organization from the lowest level dealer to the highest level supplier," U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. said.  "These two operations met and exceeded that goal. Now members of the Crenshaw Village community can feel safer in their own homes." 

The Justice Department says through the work of the CADTF, FBI, and DEA nearly every member of the CNB gang and their associates are now convicted. That includes the street-level dealers right up to the international cocaine supplier.

"It is rare that we see cases that completely destroy an entire organization from top to bottom, but these operations did exactly that," Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Clay Morris, said.

THE CONVICTIONS

There were 14 people convicted in 'Operation Park-N-Ride'

  1. Kevin Levan Elmore, 38, of Montgomery - Sentenced to 136 months, 4 years of supervised release
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  2. Stacy Rodrekus Calloway, 26, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 110 months, 5 years of supervised release.

  3. Terry Tyrone Humphrey, 43, of Montgomery - Sentenced to 78 months, 5 years of supervised release.

  4. Tristan Travis Rawls, 35, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 120 months, 5 years of supervised release.

  5. Markevius Jerrell Calloway, 24, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 87 months, 5 years of supervised release.

  6. Jacky Sagers, 34, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 57 months, 4 years of supervised release.

  7. Tyrone Devontae George, 26, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 147 months, 5 years of supervised release.

  8. Arthur Rodrequis Young, 43, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 78 months, 4 years of supervised release.

  9. British Tremain George, 36, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 60 months, 3 years of supervised release.

  10. Demichael Orlane Chapman, 25, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 84 months, 3 years of supervised release.

  11. Carlos Montrell Harris, 27, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 5 years probation

  12. Duke George, 35, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 5 years probation

  13. Patrick Demond Hicks, 37, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 14 months, 5 years of supervised release.

  14. Robert McKenzie, 34, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 3 years probation

There were 12 convicted in 'Operation Two Face'

  1. Delmond Lemar Bledson, 41, of Deatsville - Sentenced to 188 months, 7 years of supervised release.

  2. Willie Jerome Davis, 54, of Elmore - Sentence to life, 10 years of supervised release.

  3. Lisa Michele Jackson, 42, of Deatsville - Sentence to 63 months, 5 years supervised release.

  4. Eulanda Lashade Trimble, 36, of Montgomery - Sentenced to 15 months, 3 years of supervised release.

  5. William James Walker, 63, of Montgomery - Sentenced to 72 months, 5 years of supervised release.

  6. Clifton Pettus, 36, of Montgomery - Sentenced to 188 months 4 years of supervised release, $10,000 fine.

  7. Robert Marshall, 42, of Montgomery - Sentenced to 300 months, 8 years of supervised release.

  8. Tony Gardner, 44, of Wetumpka - Sentenced to 78 months, 5 years of supervised release.

  9. William James Reese, 41, of Deatsville - Sentenced to 360 months, 5 years of supervised release.

  10. Eric Orlando Reese, 41, of Montgomery - Sentenced to 240 months, 8 years of supervised release.

  11. Ger Derrick Moncrief, 41, of Montgomery - Sentenced to 108 months, 5 years of supervised release, $5,000 fine.

  12. Rajneesh Dikka Daniels, 28, of Montgomery - Sentenced to 41 months, 5 years of supervised release.

"I simply cannot express the importance of the relationships we have regarding ongoing investigations where FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshal's among others are involved," Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.  "We are blessed to have a drug task force assigned to our county that obviously cares about the future well-being of our county as a whole."

Agencies that assists the CADTF, FBI and DEA in these investigations included: Montgomery HIDTA Task Force, U.S. Marshal Service, Elmore County Sheriff's Office, Wetumpka Police Department, Montgomery Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Millbrook Police Department, Prattville Police Department, Autauga County Sheriff's Office, Alabama State Troopers, Alabama Beverage Control, Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Chilton County Sheriff's Office, the 19th Circuit District Attorney's Office, and the Alabama National Guard.

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