Dozens of alleged gang members swept up

April 3, 2008 2:56:34 PM PDT
In New Jersey-- authorities spent the morning rounding-up dozens of alleged gang members. The arrests are part of "operation five spot" -- targeting five specific areas in plainfield facing increased gang violence. Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates has more on the story.

Plainfield and New Jersey state police spent the morning hauling people in in handcuffs and they are not finished. Eyewitness News is told this is a crackdown of local gangs -- they call themselves "The Clinton Avenue Possie" and "The Libside Boys."

Liberty Village is the name of the town were "Libside Boys" came from. Police raided a couple of homes there and many other homes across the city.

Several women were also among the arrests. The alleged members are accused of dealing drugs, mostly marijuana, powdered cocaine and crack-cocaine.

They're also accused of carrying out violent attacks against each other. A few guns and rifles could be seen carted in by police this morning, as well.

Police are planning a 2 p.m. press conference to talk more about the gangs, who they are and the charges.

Some of the suspects have been connected to the major gangs like, "The Bloods" and "The Crips."