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Thursday, 25 February 2010

indictment says the Brighton Place Crips and the Northview Heights/Fineview Crips joined to protect their drug selling territory


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Two men are still being sought: Phillip Turner, 21, and Teron Jenkins, no age available. Authorities believe they are still in the city. says the Brighton Place Crips and the Northview Heights/Fineview Crips joined to protect their drug selling territory, especially against a rival gang from Manchester. They engaged in robbery, attempted murder, assault and carjacking, and they kept people quiet with intimidation and threats of retaliation.The groups were organized to the point that they raised money for lawyers and bond for members in jail, while looking out for the families of the incarcerated.The indictment says the Brighton Place Crips formed in the early 1990s, continuing ever since, and controlled Morrison Street, Federal Street and Brighton Place. The Northview Heights group formed around 2001.
They formed an alliance within a year or two to expand their dealings in heroin, crack and cocaine and to keep out rivals, particularly the Manchester Original Gangsters, or OGs.The Crips wore blue shirts and tennis shoes, and some got tattoos saying "RIP Silk" in memory of William Thompson, slain in 2003 during North Side turf wars.They used stash houses, either vacant of occupied by women associates, to store guns and drugs.And the indictment lists examples of drive-by shootings and other crimes.
The investigation began in 2005 after a series of attempted murders, authorities said at a press conference today.One of the people charged, Arthur Davis, 22, of Shadeland Avenue, is accused of shooting at three rival gang members in 2005 and 2006. Karl Anger, 21, of Woodlow Street, is accused of shooting at an OG member at the direction of Crips member Robert Colbert, 28, of Summerdale Street.The gangs are being prosecuted under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. They were investigated by city and county police, Allegheny County sheriff's office, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A roundup was conducted today by city and state police and federal marshals. Some of the suspects were already in jail.


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