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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Anthony Washington, a Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang member guilty of three charges.

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Federal court jury found 29-year old Anthony Washington, a Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang member guilty of three charges. The relatively quick three day trial concluded on Friday.Washington was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, and illegal possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.Los Angeles Police Department Officers arrested Washington in January 2006. Washington was prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, a joint partnership between Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the United States Attorney's Office, and local law enforcement agencies. Washington, a multi-convicted felon will be sentenced later this year. He is facing a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison without the chance for parole."We are very pleased with the verdict today. ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to target violent gang members that infect the streets of Los Angeles," said John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge of ATF's Los Angeles Field Division.The Rollin 30's turf is located in the southwest section of Los Angeles. The well-entrenched street gang is known to engage in narcotics trafficking, home invasion robberies and firearms trafficking. ATF arrested eight members of the gang in March 2007, and an additional 24 members in October 2008.The Rollin' 30's are a Crip gang originally called themselve the Harlem Godfathers in the South Central section of Los Angeles, California in the mid 1970s. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, they possess the second largest territory of all black gangs in Los Angeles with only the Eight Tray Crips covering a larger territory.

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