2011-03-10 / Local & State

29 Indicted In Sweep Targeting Pittsburgh Gang

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted 29 alleged members of a violent street gang about a year after indicting 26 people on charges they were part of a rival gang.

Thursday’s indictments target the Manchester OGs, which stands for “Original Gangsters.’’ U.S. Attorney David Hickton says the group distributes heroin and commits robberies to fund its activities.

In February 2010, a federal grand jury charged 26 people with being members of a rival Crips gang.

According to an FBI affidavit, Pittsburgh police logged 85 shootings, 317 drug arrests, 420 reports of shots fires and 26 gun arrests in the North Side neighborhoods where authorities say the gangs operate.

Police Chief Nate Harper likened the OGs to “homegrown terrorists’’ who keep areas residents living in fear.

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