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Gang sweep yields14 arrests in Crips area


Toledo police conducted a gang sweep Tuesday in an area claimed by the Geer Gang Crips.

The sweep — which used the combined forces of Toledo police, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Lucas County Adult Probation, Department of Youth Services, and the Ohio Highway Patrol — netted 14 arrests.

Although individuals were arrested for “various misdemeanor and felony charges,” none was charged with participating in a criminal gang.

Police said they identified four previously unknown gang members. Authorities executed 14 parole search warrants on gang members at “known gang locations.”

The sweep was, police said, in response to recent gun violence in the city and is part of the Toledo Community Initiative to Reduce Violence. The efforts originated in the Monroe Street and Auburn Avenue area.

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