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Police Raid Nine Homes in Crisfield, Suspected Gang Members Arrested

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 CRISFIELD, Md.- In a city where the crime rate has reached historic lows, police in Crisfield recently discovered a dangerous rise in gang activity. More than 100 officers joined the Crisfield Police Department Sunday morning to shut it down.

On Sunday, Jan. 11 at 5 a.m., officers from local, state and federal police agencies descended on the small town with Search and Seizure Warrants in hand. Police raided nine locations, including 234 Broadway, 45 Maple Ave, 527 W. Main Street and several homes in Somers Cove Apartments.

For months, police were on the hunt for several suspects, who police said are linked to the Tree Top Piru gang, for crimes around the city.

In cell phone video captured by Crisfield Police, one raid looked like a scene out of a movie. An officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) bangs on the door and shouts, “Police, search warrant. Open the door!” 

Two suspects, donned in white t-shirts and red caps, were brought outside. Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor said members of the Tree Top Piru gang wear the same colors. He said the gang is believed to be a subgroup of the Bloods.

"We dismantled that organization. We disrupted their activity," said Tabor, who wants to assure residents that they are safe.

Tabor said 18 bags of heroin, 10 bags of cocaine and more than  $2,200 in cash were recovered. He said no gun was found, but bullets were discovered along with paraphernalia.

Gary Jones Jr. of Crisfield and Pierre Whittington of Crisfield were arrested for home invasion, robbery and handgun charges. Both are on $500,000 bond. Lamount Potter, Jr. of Crisfield and Evyan Johnson of Crisfield made bail of $25,000 bond.

Tabor said the operation is over, but several investigations are ongoing, including the armed robbery at the Big Willies convenient store. Police said the incident could be linked to gang-activity.

Jodan Corbin has lived in Crisfield all his life. He was surprised about the growing presence of gangs in his hometown. He is happy police held the operation to shut it down.

“It's [Crisfield] a town where everybody was raised old school, everybody is friends, everybody grew up with each other, and gangs coming in this town just don't belong,” Corbin said. “It's not what Crisfield is about."

Tabor will meet with federal authorities Tuesday.

Participating agencies in Operation Ceasefire include: Princess Anne Police Department, Pocomoke City Police Department, Somerset County Sheriff's Office, Fruitland Police Department, Maryland State Police, FBI Baltimore Field Office, FBI Tactical Unit, FBI Negotiator, MSP Tactical Unit, Worcester County Tactical Unit, Berlin Police Department SWAT Team, Maryland State Apprehension Team, Wicomico County Gang Unit and Somerset County Task Force. 
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