Federal indictments have been announced against 19 Columbus gang members, including murder, attempted murder, and drug trafficking charges.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Columbus Tuesday to announce the charges against the alleged members of the Trevitt and Atcheson Crips gang.
The murders took place between 2012 and 2016, and there are at least 26 separate incidents of attempted murder between 2010 and 2017. Sessions says some of the alleged crimes were coordinated by gang members already behind bars.
Sessions used the indictment to promote an anti-violent crime program launched under President George W. Bush. Sessions revived the program, known as Project Safe Neighborhoods, last year as part of the Trump administration's tough-on-crime agenda.
Sessions says 15 of the suspects are already in custody, including 8 who are in either state or federal prison. The murders covered in the indictments were that of Franky Trenton in 2012, William Moore in 2013, Marvin Ector in 2013, Quincy Story in 2015, and Deaonte Fisher in 2016.