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Eleven Crips gang members or associates were arrested early Monday in the third phase of a joint federal and local crackdown on Crips street gang members in the Denver area, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver.

The individuals, including a number of Tre Tre Crips, were arrested on federal drug and gun charges, according to U.S. Attorney John Walsh.

The arrests were made by officers from the Denver, Aurora and Lakewood Police Departments along with agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman and Marvin Richardson, ATF special agent in charge.

The 18-month investigation into the Crips in Denver is called “Operation Cripland” and has resulted in 31 arrests in the three-phase operation.

Nine suspects were arrested in phase one in November 2009 and 11 more were arrested in phase two of the investigation this past June.

Walsh said that during the third phase of the investigation, nine firearms were seized as well as drug paraphernalia and 34 ounces of crack cocaine.

All those arrested Monday were identified as Denver residents.

Those arrested include Adrien “Stoke” Ramsey, 24, who is charged with one count of knowingly distributing and dispensing 50 grams or more of crack, four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of a felon in possession of ammunition, two counts of knowingly distributing or dispensing less than 28 grams of crack cocaine and one count of knowingly distributing and dispensing less than 500 grams of powder cocaine.

Also arrested on drug charges are David Blea, 24; Orlando Jackson, 20; Jason Lucero, 28; William “Bird” Clark, 23; and Kelvin “Gizmo” Clark, 24.

Four people have been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. They are Marlow Martin, 23; Roger McLamb, 31; Brian Mosley, 23, and Gerald Sandoval, 34.

An 11th individual, Makalani Jackson, 23, of Denver, was arrested on state charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“I’m very pleased with the way the operation has gone so far,” said Denver Chief Whitman. “This is a clear example of the type of impact we can have on crime in our communities when local and federal law enforcement agencies work together.”

Source: Howard Pankratz for The Denver Post.

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