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Dozens of gang members arrested in Polk County, deputies searching for gang leader – WFTV

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Polk County deputies are looking for an Orlando man they believe is the leader of a violent gang.

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On Wednesday, the sheriff announced that more than three dozen accused gang members were under arrest.

It comes after a year-long gang task force uncovered a string of violent crimes and racketeering charges.

“They’re so ruthless, they’re so dangerous,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.

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There are 41 members of the gang called Sex, Money, Murder who now face more than 120 felony charges in Central Florida, including racketeering and a shocking list of violent crimes to carry out an elaborate level of illegal drug trafficking. Many alleged activities are shown openly on social media.

“They pistol whipped an 8-year-old … and put the gun to the head of a three-month-old,” Judd said.

Investigators said its Orlando chief, Hernando Thompson, 36, has an active tenure along with dozens of others from Florida to North Carolina.

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So far, the Joint Gang Task Force, area agencies and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have seized firearms, cash and a long list of illegal drugs from market value of $1.5 million.

The criminal gang is believed to be the local arm of a national gang.

The national leader, who is believed to have started in the 1990s, is serving a life sentence.

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