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Gang Unit
Since its creation in 2009, the Pierce County Prosecutor's Gang Unit has proactively charged and prosecuted scores of the most violent gang members for crimes ranging from murder to drug offenses. In 2010 and 2011, the Gang Unit charged 62 Hilltop Crips, 19 Eastside Lokotos Surenos and 12 Tillicum Park Gangster Crips with multiple conspiracy crimes related to murder, burglary, drugs and guns. Nearly all charged in those conspiracy cases have been convicted of felony crimes, and their combined sentences total more than 400 years in prison. In 2012, the Gang Unit charged more than 180 cases, triple the amount from 2011. The effect has been a nearly 50 percent drop in gang-related referrals from law enforcement and increased community safety.

The Gang Unit works closely with the South Sound Gang Task (SSGTF) Force in targeting gangs causing the biggest threat to public safety. The SSGTF is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the Tacoma and Lakewood Police Departments, the Department of Corrections and federal agencies including the FBI.



        Pair sentenced to 56 years in deadly Lakewood home-invasion robbery
        Jury convicts teens in deadly Lakewood home-invasion robbery
        New charges in 2015 murder of Tacoma teen
        Tacoma white supremacists convicted in stabbing death
        Tacoma gang member charged in drive-by shooting
        Jury convicts gang member in attempted murder
        Tacoma white supremacist sentenced to life without parole
        Gang member sentenced to 20 years for human trafficking
        Second suspect charged in home invasion, one burglar dead
        Gang member charged in home invasion, one burglar dead
        Gang member charged with human trafficking
        Gang member sentenced to 40 years in prison for 2010 Murder
        Gang member charged in Lincoln District murder
        Three men charged for murder at Tacoma motel
        Jury convicts two men of 1988 Tacoma gang murder
        Gang member sentenced to 38 years for murder at warehouse party
        White supremacists charged in stabbing death
        Man charged in assassination of gang leader
        Man charged in drug cartel murder