VOL. 129 | NO. 241 | Thursday, December 11, 2014
Latest No-Gang Zones Target FAM Mob
By Bill Dries
Two Frayser apartment complexes are the latest no-gang safety zones in Memphis under court orders the district attorney general’s office sought from Shelby County Environmental Court.
The Ridgecrest Apartments on Rangeline Road and the Greenbriar Apartments on Dellwood Avenue are areas where members of the FAM Mob gang named in the court order signed by Judge Larry Potter are specifically prohibited from gathering together in public for any reason.
“It means that members of the FAM Mob – the 50 that have been identified by the officers of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit – those 50 members of the FAM Mob are not welcome, not wanted on the property,” said District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
Weirich made the announcement in the Ridgecrest Apartments complex. She said the gang members named in the court order are not among those listed as leasing units at either apartment complex, but that some live there with relatives or others.
The violent street gang dominates the Frayser, North Memphis and North Shelby County areas, according to officials of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit. The unit sought the civil court order following a 1 1/2-year investigation documenting violent and other crimes by the gang.
Weirich said gang members refer to the two apartment complexes as “Iraq” and “Afghanistan.”
“That is the level of violence,” she added. “That is the level of despicability that we are dealing with with these gang members.”
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said the city is committed to enforcing the no-gang zone in the two apartment complexes.
“Our army is just as big as their army,” he said. “We’re not going to set a withdrawal date.”
The court order, the fourth of its kind issued in Memphis since September 2013, follows the Nov. 20 indictment of reputed FAM Mob leader James Earl McCracken. McCracken faces a federal charge of interfering with interstate commerce by threat or violence.
The charge is connected to the July 2011 robbery and murder of Bari Graham at Hunters Ridge Apartments in the Scenic Hills section of Frayser.
The first no-gang zone was set out in a court order in the fall of 2011 for members of the Rolling 90s Riverside Crips in the Riverside section of South Memphis.
A second no-gang zone was announced in October for members of the Dixie Homes Murda Gang in the area that includes Legends Park, where the old Dixie Homes public housing project once stood.