Tacoma police, federal agents and corrections officers served a series of early-morning search warrants today and arrested 11 suspected members of a Tacoma street gang accused in nearly two dozen violent crimes dating back more than a year.
They continue to search for five more suspects, Tacoma police reported. Investigators hope to have the remain suspects in custody within 24 hours.
In all, 32 members of the Hilltop Crips have been charged in Pierce County Superior Court with criminal conspiracy and more than 50 other crimes. Some of them were already in custody; others have been arrested in the past week. Most have prior felony convictions.
Investigators have tied them to robberies, assaults, thefts, drug activity and driveby shootings since mid-2008, police reported. Most of the incidents occurred in the city.
The arrests were part of a joint investigation by the Tacoma Police Department, FBI’s South Sound Gang Task Force and state Department of Corrections.
Here’s my full story that is on the homepage now and will appear in tomorrow’s News Tribune. We’ll also have more specifics on the 50 violent crimes.