Cincinnati Police arrest several gang members

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Federal, state and local law enforcement officials have announced the results of an 18-month long investigation of criminal activity involving a gang known as the "Tot Lot Posse" in the West End.

Over 20 people have been named in federal and state indictments and arrest warrants for drug and weapons offenses, and teams of law enforcement authorities have spend the day taking these individuals into custody.

Police say 20 percent of violent crime that occurred in the West End in the fall of 2008 involved Tot Lot Posse members as victims or suspects.

The Cincinnati Police Department worked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, and the Hamilton County Probation Department to identify approximately 70 members of the Tot Lot Posse. During the course of the investigation, ATF agents and Cincinnati Police officers purchased or recovered 41 firearms and more than 1300 grams of crack cocaine.

The investigation that began in November 2008 has become the largest criminal conspiracy prosecution case in the history of the Cincinnati Police Department.

"Today's arrests continue to show that the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence is working," Mayor Mark Mallory said. "We are going to do what is necessary to keep this community safe."

"Today the entire law enforcement community stands united in fulfilling our CIRV promise with the members of the Tot Lot Posse," said James Whalen, Assistant Police Chief. "It is our hope that the West End community will see this as an opportunity to reclaim their neighborhood."

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