INDIANAPOLIS – In a coordinated effort, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Long Term Unit and the FBI arrested nine members of a criminal enterprise known locally as the Gett Money Gang or GMG on Tuesday during Operation Go Broke. Members of the gang have been involved in high profile incidents in the city including several homicides.
“After an unacceptably violent weekend in our city, I applaud the work of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department as well as our state and federal partners who helped to apprehend members of the Gett Money Gang,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said. “In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to target the city’s most violent offenders and seek justice for those who put the safety of our children at risk. Through collaborative law enforcement, increased community outreach and cooperation across all levels of public safety, we will be unrelenting in our fight to make Indianapolis a safer place.”
The Gett Money Gang operates on the north side of Indianapolis in two main locations – Creekwood Apartments near West 71st Street and North Michigan Road, and 6470 Scenic Court. Gang members and associates were believed to be trafficking in controlled substances as their primary means of income.
“For several years, the defendants charged in this case have terrorized citizens in Butler Tarkington and other neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis,” IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said. “These arrests show our resolve to work with our local, state, and federal partners to reduce crime throughout our city. You will continue to see long-term operations to address systemic issues, which lead to violent crime and a degradation of quality of life within our neighborhoods.”
Prior police reports and social media posts showed GMG members were buying and using firearms to protect themselves as they engaged in narcotics trafficking while perpetuating a culture of violence and fear to intimidate witnesses in criminal activities and rival gang members.
Jay Abbott, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, Indianapolis, said the joint effort between the FBI and IMPD’s Long Term Unit had strong support by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
“The FBI is very proud of this effective collaboration to successfully build a multi-defendant state prosecution on 15 members and associates of the Gett Money Gang,” Abbott said. “The FBI intends to continue this effective partnership with IMPD and the Prosecutors Office to achieve the highest impact possible against the violent crime committed in our community.”
The totals for arrest and seizures during the six month investigation are:
· Arrested – 26
· Guns seized – 17
· Cocaine seized – 5.96 grams
· Marijuana seized – 26.18 pounds
· U.S. Currency – $32,636.00
Members of GMG have been involved in numerous incidents of violence and are suspected in countless aggravated assaults, robberies and murders.
“By executing coordinated, multi-agency investigations such as this, we continue to chip away at organized crime operations in our city,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. “Many months of work went into the charges filed this week, and we intend to vigorously prosecute these individuals.”
Arrested in warrant sweep:
· Rashaan Bangmon, 20
· Charles Davis, Jr, 20
· David Gibbs, 22
· Deion Orr, 22
· Ryan Pedtke, 29
· Casey Pugh, 39
· Micah Smith, 23
· Landon Tompkins, 20
· Daitwon Williams, 20
Still wanted on warrants:
· Robert Carey, 19
· Tarell Davis, 22
· Jaylen Grice, 22
· Hayes Hall, 24
· Deshalon Jackson, 20
· Robert Starks, 25