Members and associates of violent Louisville street gang are charged

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Officials announced the results Friday of an ongoing investigation into violent criminal activity, within Jefferson County, with the indictment and arrests of members and associates of the Victory Park Crips.

The charges result from an investigation by Louisville Metro Intel - an intelligence-led task force which identifies serious, violent offenders and leverages all available resources to investigate, apprehend and prosecute these offenders.

The forty-count superseding indictment was unsealed late Thursday afternoon following the arrests of Chicoby Summers, Shelby Strong, Jerlen Horton, Derrick Hammond, and Lakeshia Watts. All are from Louisville and are in federal custody.

They are all charged in count one with conspiracy to possess a firearm by a prohibited person. Horton, Hammond and Watts are further charged with conspiring to corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding. Strong is charged with engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, making material false statements in order to acquire firearms from River City Firearms and Cabela's, and for illegally possessing firearms as a habitual drug user. Strong is also charged, along with Hammond, for transferring firearms to convicted felons.

Members and associates of the VPC use firearms to aid narcotics trafficking, preserve and protect power and reputation by intimidation and violence against rival gangs. The culture of the VPC glorifies guns and violence, and firearms are a status symbol to members.

If convicted at trial, defendants face up to ten years in prison for each count. All counts carry a fine of $250,000 and each count includes a 3 year period of supervised release.

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