17 gang members arrested in Chattanooga Gangsgiving operation

17 gang members arrested in Chattanooga Gangsgiving operation

November 21st, 2012 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Sgt. Jonathan Bryant, left, and Scott Crider of the Chattanooga Police Department's fugitive division prepare to enter a home in Hixson on Tuesday on the second day of an operation called Gangsgiving III. Several agencies cooperated to round up suspects with outstanding warrants and a history of gang activity.

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

Law enforcement authorities made 34 arrests, including 17 gang members, during the two-day Gangsgiving III roundup.

Nathan Hartwig, police department spokesman, said officers seized 138.4 grams of marijuana, 6.5 grams of crack cocaine, 18.4 grams of power cocaine, eight guns and recovered two vehicle that had been reported stolen.

The roundup involved a gang member warrant operation, traffic enforcement, and a drug buy/bust operation, Hartwig said in a news release.

The gang member warrant and drug buy/bust operations were conducted throughout the Chattanooga area, the news release stated. The traffic enforcement operation targeted both city streets and interstates, including I-24, I-75, Highway 27, and Highway 153. Traffic officers wrote 572 moving citations, according to the news release.

The police department worked with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, ATF, TBI, FBI, ICE, Red Bank Police Department, and the Collegedale Police Department, Hartwig said.