Gang activity in Dublin has slowed down considerably in recent weeks following publicity about the city’s problem with escalating gang violence and law enforcement’s response.
That’s the word from Sgt. Ken Drozeski who said that since the article appeared in the Empire-Tribune, gang activity in Dublin has slowed - and almost stopped.
“We have definitely seen a decrease in gang activity, which is great,” he said. “That was my intent for releasing the information.”
Drozeski said since the article appeared in the E-T, he has received calls from officials with Comanche’s sheriff and police departments asking about ways the two cities can work together to deal with the problem.
“They are just as concerned as we are about the gangs,” Drozeski said. “We are working together and sharing information that will help us identify gang members and any illegal activity they are involved in.”
But it isn’t only law enforcement officials who took notice of the extra publicity gang activity is stirring. Drozeski said gang members from Comanche’s Los Pelones came to his office to discuss the situation, as well.
“Basically, they were worried and wanted to tell me that they are not involved in any gang,” Drozeski said. “But I knew that wasn’t true. I’ve arrested them before.”
Dublin authorities began seeing a spike in gang related crimes about a year ago, when what is known as “satellite gangs” began popping up across the country.
At the forefront of the area’s escalating violence are two Hispanic rival gangs - one from Dublin, who call themselves the Southside 13, and another from Comanche, known as Los Pelones, meaning, “The bald ones.”
Drozeski said Dublin authorities stepped up patrols and began keeping a closer eye on known gang members after the two groups clashed recently in Dublin, causing a head on collision in which a man suffered serious injuries, and another involving a drive-by shooting.
Drozeski compared the two incidents to something that would happen in the north side of Fort Worth and said it would not be tolerated in Dublin.
Although Drozeki said he is relieved to get at least a short reprieve from gang activity, he said authorities will continue to keep a steady eye on the situation.
“This does not mean we will be less vigilant,” Drozeski said. “We are still conducting extra patrols and are keeping tabs on local and out-of-town gang members who come in and out of Dublin.”
Meanwhile, Fort Worth is taking unusual steps to crack down on gang violence by suing the Northside Four Trey Gangsta Crips.
According to an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, city officials and local authorities say the gang is particularly violent and is terrorizing a 3.6-square-mile area on the city’s north side.
Ten people identified as members of the gang are listed in the lawsuit that accuses them of being involved in a variety of organized crime including murder and drugs.
Assistant District Attorney Kevin Rousseau told the Star-Telegram that his office has been working on the lawsuit with the city attorney’s office for about a year.
Rousseau, who heads the district attorney’s gang unit, said the Northside Four Trey Gangsta Crips is a violent group that has been around for a long time.
“They are bad,” he said. “They have existed for a long time, but for the last few years there has been a surge in membership and a surge in violence.”
Sara Vanden Berge covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.