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Crime Blog: HCSO anti-DWI, anti-gang initiative nets 16 arrests

by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM

HOUSTON—An anti-DWI and anti-gang initiative netted 16 arrests over the weekend, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

The initiative, which was conducted by the HCSO Reserve Command and Gang Unit, targeted the area in and around a popular flea market on Airline at West Gulf Bank.

"This area is very active when it comes to the sale of narcotics, public intoxication and gang activity," said Chief Kevin Maples, who headed up the operation.

During the operation, HCSO identified more than 50 gang members belonging to seven different gangs and arrested four people for DWI. HCSO said all of the DWI suspects were 2.5 times over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

"That’s a very high concentration of gang members in any one given area," said Chief Maples. "This is a place where a lot of families come to on the weekend, so we’re just trying to make sure the environment here is safe for them to continue to do so."

HCSO deputies will be conducting similar unannounced operations throughout Harris County in the coming weeks.

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