Westside Jacksonville gang dismantled in joint agency run, sheriff says

jacksonville, florida – A gang based on Jacksonville’s West Side that took its name and symbols from the Chicago-based gangster Disciples has been dismantled in a lengthy multi-agency undercover operation, Sheriff TK Waters announced Tuesday. Did.

According to Waters, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office worked closely with the state attorney’s office and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Office during “Operation Crown Down,” eventually ending up in six cases over the course of the case. 19 members of the “Mad Gang’s Disciples” gang have been arrested. – Moon operation.

According to Waters, the gang is now “functionally dead” and operated on California Avenue, 103rd Street, No Road on the city’s West Side.

“This operation is one of the great successes of multi-agency law enforcement,” Waters said.

Drugs seized in Operation Crown Down (Courtesy of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

Waters said the operation began in May 2022 after Chase Robison was charged with murder and investigators learned he was a member of IGD.

“Investigators from both the Criminal Gun Intelligence Division and the Gang Division immediately coordinated to obtain information on this organization and its members,” Waters said.

Waters said investigators began to arrest as many members of the gang as possible after learning that members were involved in drug trafficking and violent acts.

“I am pleased to report that this operation has achieved its objectives,” said Waters.

The 19 arrested members are pending in both state and federal courts on charges including murder, manslaughter resulting from a fentanyl overdose, carjacking, drug trafficking, theft and dealing in stolen goods.

Drugs seized in Operation Crown Down (Courtesy of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

Law enforcement also seized 18 firearms, including handguns and rifles, as well as firearm parts such as silencers and lasers. His one of the guns was linked to the murder and the other to another shooting. They also seized at least 55 grams of various drugs.

“As the sheriff said, one of the board’s defendants is charged with drug trafficking that directly led to the overdose death of a man last December,” state attorney Melissa Nelson said. “He wasn’t pulling the trigger, but his actions were just as deadly.”

Waters said investigators will continue to focus on areas where gangs have operated to avoid lingering repercussions.

“Listen, when you talk about fentanyl and methamphetamine and all those drugs and related gun sales. In that case, we will keep the officers who are part of this group in the area,” Waters said.

Patricia Ross has lived with her family on California Avenue for over 20 years. She said she was relieved to hear the news of her arrest, but she was not surprised.She said her crimes had worsened in recent years, with many thefts occurring recently. rice field.

“There are a lot of people in the neighborhood who have a lot of problems,” Ross said. “Quite a few things have been stolen, and I know there are some people robbing in the next street, so that’s great.”

This is the second notice of the month. Gangs targeted in long-term operationsAt “Operation Bright Lights”, the JSO seized 1.17 kilograms of fentanyl, 570 grams of meth, 467 grams of cocaine, 203 pounds of marijuana, and $80,000 in cash and two vehicles.

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