AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - The Richmond County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, District Attorney, and the United States Attorney's Office announced the arrests of nine men they say are gang members.
They say the suspects are members of the "Sex Money Murder" gang, and the arrests are the culmination of a 10-month investigation.
"We have recently rendered another significant blow toward gang activity to this area," explained Sheriff Richard Roundtree.
- Anthony Butler
- Christopher Cohen
- Reizhjon Coleman
- Jamall Duke
- Jonathan Duke
- Johnny Franklin
- Phillip Jackson
- Eric Wiley
- Rashad Smith
Have all been charged with violation of street gang terrorism and prevention act.
District Attorney Natalie Paine says the investigation took a lot of man-power in their efforts to end gangs in Augusta.
"It's just the beginning, and this is not over," said Paine. "I think we are getting good at it. I think there is going to be a lot more of this in the future."
Sheriff Roundtree says the Tobacco Rd area also known as Zone 7 has seen less gang-related activity since the arrest.
NewsChannel 6's reporter Devin Johnson spoke with people who live there.
"I'm constantly keeping my eyes open watching my back; watching my children and grandchildren," explained Augusta Native, Ms. Willis. "Because I know, it's not only an issue with me being concerned, but I know others are concerned as well."
Richmond County's Sheriff used the press conference to warn anybody who is part of a gang. He says he is serious about getting rid of the problem.
"If you are still engaged with gang activity in Richmond County; it may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, and it may not even be next month, just know your turn is coming," said Roundtree.
A spokesperson for the US Attorney's Office says they are working closely with the Sheriff's Office to make families feel safe in the community.
Photojournalist: Antony Sherrod
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