NEW ORLEANS, LA--Following an investigation by the Multi-Agency Gang (MAG) Unit, the U.S. Attorney’s office obtained a federal indictment charging nine members of the Frenchmen/Derbigny gang, or “FnD,” with violating federal drug and firearm laws. According to the superseding indictment, two of the group’s members allegedly participated in a shooting on March 12, 2013 that left 20 people injured during a Mothers Day’s second-line.
“This indictment is another clear signal that the rules have changed -- there are real consequences for violence in our city. Since the fall of 2012, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit has led to the indictments of 83 individuals associated with 8 groups,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Through NOLA FOR LIFE, we will continue to focus on keeping our citizens safe, reclaiming our neighborhoods, and offering opportunities to those who want to make better choices.”
As an integral component of NOLA FOR LIFE’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy, the Multi-Agency Gang (MAG) Unit consists of a partnership with New Orleans Police Department (NOPD); Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office (DA); Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO);Louisiana State Police (LSP); Parole Board of the Louisiana Department of Corrections; United States Attorney’s Office (USAO); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); United States Marshal’s Service (USMS); and the United States Probation & Parole Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Formed by Mayor Landrieu, the MAG Unit was designed to focus additional resources on the groups of individuals who continue to commit acts of violence in our neighborhoods. Since the Fall of 2012, the coordinated multi-jurisdictional effort has led to the indictment of the 110’ers gang in a litany of violent crimes, including 10 murders and a 30 count racketeering indictment against 20 defendants of the 3-N-G gang who are responsible for at least 10 murders from October of 2008 to February 2013; the Federal 16-count drug indictment against seven members of the Allen family and the indictment of 12 alleged members of Ride or Die in the 9th Ward.
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD, and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.