COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Federal, state and local officials have announced a major action against a prison gang in Georgia.
At a press conference, officials said they have charged 23 members of the Ghostface Gangsters with crimes such as drug trafficking, violent assaults, and murders of law enforcement officers.
Authorities said the arrests began at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. The arrests included three who were not in custody and 20 who were currently in custody and moved to solitary confinement.
The gang, which originated in a Cobb County prison in the 2000s, has now expanded to multiple prisons, jails, and even states. Law enforcement estimated that the gang has over 5,000 members operating in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. While the group is majority white, officials said the group was not specifically a white supremacist gang.
Officials said the most shocking crimes the gang committed is the specific targeting of police.
"During the last four years, Ghostface Gangster members allegedly shot at a dozen law enforcement officers," said Byung J. “BJay” Pak, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
Authorities said that the law enforcement actions were a significant blow to gangs in Georgia.