Gang task force formed in central Alabama

Federal agencies have joined with local law enforcement to create a task
force to cut down on gang-related crime in central Alabama.

FBI agent Jeanette Williams says the Central Alabama Gang Safe Streets Task Force covers from Dothan to Montgomery to Auburn.

involves federal, county and city officers and will coordinate efforts
to identify gangs involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and
violent crimes. U.S. Attorney George Beck says the task force will not
only react to crimes, but will work to prevent crimes.

Public Safety Director Chris Murphy said Thursday that the gangs in
central Alabama are usually neighborhood groups that lack a strong
organizational structure.

Officials said similar task forces have already been formed in Birmingham, Mobile and Atlanta.

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