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UPDATE: Alleged gang members in court

By Dan Wells - bio | email

NORTHSIDE, OH (FOX19) -

UPDATE:

Seven alleged members of the Taliband were arraigned in Hamilton County court on Wednesday. Bond was set for six suspects at $100,000 and another suspect received a $250,000 bond.

UPDATE:

Police are still rounding up members of a local gang that calls itself the Northside Taliband.

Police took 26 suspects into custody on Monday. Eight of those people were subject of indictments for gang activity. Five other Taliband members not named in the indictment were arrested, and 13 others not known to be members of the gang were also arrested on various charges and outstanding warrants.

The eight Taliband members arrested for gang activity were: Antonio Washington (18 yoa) participating in a gang x 4 and trafficking in drugs x 6; Cameron Flowers (19 yoa) participating in a gang x 4 and trafficking in drugs x 4; Henry Harris (18 yoa) participating in a gang x 4 and trafficking in drugs x 3; Tyrone Dumas (19 yoa) participating in a gang x 4 and trafficking in drugs x 4; Noah Watson (24 yoa) participating in a gang x 4 and trafficking in drugs x 4; Jamel Sechrest (23 yoa) participating in a gang x 2 and trafficking in drugs x 2; Willie Lewis (24 yoa) participating in a gang x 3 and trafficking in drugs x 2; and Eric Gibson (23 yoa) participating in a gang x 5; trafficking in drugs x 4, and 2 traffic capiases.   

Still at large and wanted for warrants are: Oliver Mclean, 21, Michael Wright,18, Dominik Ushery, 23, Courtney Swann,18 and and Ireese Kennedy, 23.

PREVIOUSLY:

 Local, state and federal agencies have cracked down on a gang right here in the Tri-State that calls itself the "Northside Taliband."

Police say they swept up 25 of its members, believed to be involved in drugs, guns and even murder. Many of their ties are believed to be centered here in the Cincinnati area.

Police say it's one of the largest law enforcement efforts ever.

Charges including murder, burglary, robbery, assault, drugs are all listed as police make a major gang bust.

"The indictment that was handed down was unsealed at 8 o'clock (Monday) morning is the indictment of a number of people from that Taliband group," said Streicher. "The indictment itself has more than 90 counts."

Police say the Northside Taliband, with its more than 90 active members, met at two main places in Northside - Reflections Jazz Lounge on Blue Rock Road and Orlando's  in Fredrick Avenue.

The gang says they are not a gang, they're an army, and they have a song, pictures, colors and a flag.

It was a major undertaking, with the Hamilton County Sheriff's and Prosecutor's office, the ATF, the U.S. Attorney's Office and even the University of Cincinnati contributing to the bust.

"With out the collaboration we would have not have had the level of effectiveness that we were able to achieve," said Cincinnati city manager Milton Dahoney.

Police say more charges and more arrests will follow.

Northside residents say they're relieved these gang members are off their streets.

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