Police: Gang Members Among Those Arrested In Recent Sweep

Greenville police say a couple of the suspects arrested in a recent gang suppression sweep are indeed gang members.

Greenville police say 23-year-old Antioine Ricks and 31-year-old Artkes Bennett, both arrested on possession and selling drugs charges, are members of the "Crips" gang and are key players within the ongoing crimes in West Greenville.

Police say they are looking for 24-year-old Joshua Brown of Paladin Drive in Greenville who is also wanted for drug crimes.

In response to recent gang related activity, Greenville Police implemented a gang suppression response plan targeting West Greenville and other areas identified as crime hotspots and netted 33 arrests in 6 days.

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  • by G. Bush on Jul 23, 2011 at 03:56 AM
    It's Obama's fault
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    A couple? Thanks for the misleading info (again) GPD. Your neighbors really appreciate the fluffy press releases that, when we dig a little, we find are hugely inflated.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    First of all, African Americans are not the only people who commit crimes, it just when other races commit crimes, its not a top news story. Either way, the world is so bad, no matter what the race is. Instead of blaming African American people for all your problems, maybe you should seek God. With his protection, you won't have to look over your shoulder.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:11 PM in reply to
      I'll take Smith & Wesson for my protection for the time being.... at least until everyone else finds God!
  • by anyman Location: washington on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    Didin't they look good in their school uniforms?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to anyman
      Yassuh, dey be jes fine.
  • by George Location: Kinston on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    Arresting a few gang members will not solve the crime problem in Greenville, Kinston, Goldsboro or any urban area. Face it. The root of the problem is single mothers with multiple children and no father figure around to guide and discipline them. By the time some of these kids are twelve or or thirteen years old they are roaming the streets like feral animals looking for someone to prey on. Why aren't the black churches speaking out on this lack of morality? Where's the NAACP? Why aren't they marching and speaking out against this lifestyle? People (white or black) who contribute nothing to the common good and instead, make a career out of having children in order to stay at home and draw government benefits DO NOT deserve to be supported by hard working law abiding citizens. If there is a five year limit on benefits, then cut them off in five years no matter how many children they spawn. Let's support the old and infirmed but let's not support the leeches who live off the hard work of others. That would be a bigger step in solving the crime and gang problems than arresting a few gang members.
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      by Blake on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:01 PM in reply to George
      Thank you George. You hit the nail on the head. There is a certain lifestyle that takes from the government and it is passed down from generation to generation. This gang problem is just a by-product of that lifestyle. Until we take away these free-loaders life-blood (welfare checks, food stamps, free housing) this problem is only getting bigger and bigger. Too much time on their hands. Some people need help. But not for generation after generation!
  • by Bond Amount? on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    If these guys are so dangerous, why were they given a mere $50k bond according to reflector.com. $50k is nothing to drug dealing thugs like this! I'm sure they are on the streets right this very moment....
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      by uh on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:26 AM in reply to Bond Amount?
      This is unfortunate. For every prisoner we put in prison or lock-up, we have to let one out. Because there is mandatory minimum sentencing on many of the felony drug charges (so for instance, you buy your weed in bulk, which has never killed anyone) those drug related charged people take up space for criminals who are actually dangerous to society.
  • by CJ Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    Out of the sweep they netted two gang members? While there might be some gang activity, it seems that the focus needs to be on the community as a whole. TO GREY: Thank you for acknowledging the problem. However, most African Americans will NOT admit the problem, and therefore, will not act. The march was held after the plan was in place, so any conclusion that the march had something to do with the arrests is simply not true.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:29 AM
    "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." Ronald Reagan. So where is the will and moral courage of the residents of these communities to rid themselves of these punks? And why has it taken so long for the police to respond? "Something's rotten in Denmark(W. Greenville)."
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Jul 20, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    The plan was already in place before Saturday.
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      by Gray on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:16 AM in reply to
      That's just it ALWAYS A PLAN but we need ACTION!!!!
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        by CJ on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:14 AM in reply to Gray
        The only meaningful action will need to come from the African American community. The NAACP will do nothing(because there are no white people to call discrimination), and K.Smith will do nothing because she WAS part of the problem, after harassing police. Try the people in your community and see what type of response you get. Let us know.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    Does it really matter. The courts are gonna let them out with small sentences or slaps on the wrists
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      by Mike on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:31 AM in reply to Chris
      You got that right! And people still keep voting for the same Superior Court judges and D.A.
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