Officials: 3 gang members killed, caught with drugs and guns | Connecticut News


WATERBURY, Connecticut (AP) – Members and associates of a Waterbury gang are charged with committing three murders, eight attempted murders, assaults and drug and gun crimes in the past four years, according to federal jury indictments announced Friday.

Federal and local law enforcement officials said a two-and-a-half-year investigation into the Waterbury area gangs resulted in an indictment of 36 counts against 16 members and associates of the 960 gang for racketeering, murder and other charges. Authorities said the investigation was ongoing.

“It is a great relief for me to know that our streets and our community and the residents here in the town of Waterbury are much safer today after this lengthy investigation,” Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said during ‘a press conference.

Connecticut Acting U.S. Attorney Leonard Boyle said a federal grand jury in Hartford issued the indictments on Wednesday and some of the gang members appeared in court on Thursday. The remaining defendants will be presented in court over the next two weeks before a federal judge in Bridgeport, he said.

“Members of the 960 gang not only murdered and attempted to murder members of rival gangs, but also shot and maimed unwitting victims whose lives were forever changed by their reckless behavior,” Boyle said in a statement. .

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The investigation into the escalation of violence in the Waterbury area is being conducted by federal and state prosecutors, local police departments, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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