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Gang members indicted on multiple drug, gun charges

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Police Chief James Craig says the streets of Cincinnati are a little safer now that five local gang members have been indicted on multiple drug and gun charges.

Cincinnati police and the FBI announced Thursday that Phillip Shaw, Antonio Woods, Ryan Neel, Yahmale Brown and Quenton Thomas have all been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to drug trafficking, robbery and weapons violations.

SLIDESHOW: Mug shots of gang members indicted

The indictment alleges that Shaw, Woods, Neel, Brown and Thomas planned to rob an individual of approximately one half kilogram of heroin, approximately one quarter kilogram of cocaine and approximately $8,000 in currency on or around March 9-10, 2012.

"This organization dealt in violence, in drug distribution and weapons," said Edward Hanko, Special Agent in charge of the Cincinnati FBI Office.

Hanko says the gang which called themselves 'Quiet Money Inc.' became the target of wiretaps.

"A court authorized intercept of telephone communications. Through that technique we were able to disrupt this group in the process of committing an armed robbery of a....drug location," he said.

Johnny Baker, a street advocate with the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence or CIRV, applauds the arrests, but he's working for a different outcome.

"Try to help brothers that are out in the street doing some of the things that I did....give them other options. What we want to do is reach the gentlemen out here before the police do," said Baker.

FOX19 asked some Over-The-Rhine residents if the arrests made them feel safer. Kenneth Hunter says the neighborhood is still dangerous.

"A lot of shootings, killings going on around here...its really unsafe like that for real," he said.

Della Roseman says more needs to be done. 

"I don't feel any safer because there's more to take their place...taking five away is not going to solve the problem...you have to get more than that," she said.

CIRV street advocate Rashid Abdullah doesn't think the arrests will make much difference.

"Someone's going to take their spot as soon as they remove them. it's a recurring thing. Its going to be that way until we can get more resources into our community," he said.

All five suspects have been charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a measurable amount of cocaine, conspiring to take and obtain personal property consisting of heroin, cocaine and U.S. currency, attempt to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Phillip Shaw was additionally indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Cincinnati Police. All suspects are in federal custody.

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