Gang busted: Boston Gang Arrests
Published: June 19, 2015
Gang busted: Boston Gang Arrests, Federal authorities in Boston made 48 gang-related arrests in what is being called one of the “largest gang takedowns” in the city’s history, reported the Boston Globe.
The arrests on Thursday morning targeted alleged members of the Columbia Point Dawgs gang on weapons and drug charges and culminated a two-year investigation. U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz called the gang the “largest, most violent and most feared organization in Boston.”
During the raid, federal authorities confiscated 31 guns and bundles of money totaling $1.5 million.
Here are some of the weapons & cash seized during Operation Rising Tide. pic.twitter.com/2o0D0CKWUy
— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) June 18, 2015
Authorities also took 15 vehicles into possession, including 15 cars, among them a Maserati, Mercedes and Audi, reported the Boston Herald.
“It is one of, if not the largest, gang takedowns that we’ve seen in Boston – to arrest the most dangerous subjects out there,” said Vincent Lisi, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office. “I truly believe what we did this morning makes Boston that much of a safer place to live.”
WBUR National Public Radio reported that the Columbia Point Dawgs first organized in the 1980s out of the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston in the Columbia Point housing projects. The organization’s tentacles eventually stretched through New England as the gang allegedly trafficked drugs all the way to Maine.
Lisi said the gang was also involved in drug activities in Texas, Florida and Georgia.
The Columbia Point Dawgs’ growth led to gang shootings and murders as they started battling rival gangs for territory.
“They were clearly involved in violence,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “They were well known to all the officers in the detective bureau. They were involved in everything.”
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