'Operation Washout Classic City': 49 suspects in Athens linked to violent crime, gangs arrested

  • In US
  • 2022-06-03 16:51:48Z
  • By Athens Banner-Herald

During an eight-day period in May, federal, state and local law enforcement officers in the Athens area locked up 49 people described as "repeat violent offenders and gang members."

The massive roundup of those suspects was dubbed "Operation Washout Classic City" and took place from May 18-25.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District in Macon announced the operation and said all of those arrested face state charges - no federal charges have been filed.

"The U.S. Attorney's Office aims to direct our resources toward addressing the most significant drivers of violent crime in each community and taking action," U.S. Attorney Peter Leary said in the news release.

More crime news: Athens-Clarke police: Woman confronted by 2 armed men in carjacking, but escapes unharmed

Also: Social media 'trash talk' leads to fight, shooting of 2 Athens teens: Police

And: Spike in gun crime, repeat offenders trigger crackdown on street gangs in Athens

Authorities identified 13 suspects as members of street gangs, which were identified as Ghostface Gangsters, Bloods, Gangster Disciples, 1831 Piru and a gang known as Sex, Money, Murder, which is affiliated with the Bloods.

Charges against the suspects included aggravated assault, burglary, drug violations, rape, stalking and numerous probation violations.

Participants in the roundup included the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force that includes numerous federal agencies, the Georgia State Patrol, Oconee and Oglethorpe County sheriffs offices, Athens-Clarke police and the Western Circuit District Attorney's Office.

Athens-Clarke Interim Police Chief Jerry Saulters released a statement praising the operation "with a unified goal of removing violent, repeat offenders from our community."

Western District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez also released a statement saying that "directing resources to the most violent offenders in our community as a means to reducing violent crime is a strategy we can all unify behind."

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Athens operation targeting violent crime and gangs nets 49 arrests


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