JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says his deputies helped take down the most violent drug gang in his parish.
He released details Thursday in the indictments of 21 so-called "Harvey Hustlers."
The 21 individuals indicted in Jefferson Parish face a 30 count indictment, including drug and murder charges. They were indicted as part of a federal and state investigation that already resulted in 18 people facing federal drug and weapons charges.
Normand says this group had a major impact on the quality of life in Jefferson Parish. They were willing to kill to control the drug trade on the west bank.
Several members of the gang were charged in the February 2013 murder of Dorothea Robinson. The 81-year-old was shot in her Bridge City home while a 3-year-old great grandchild was inside.
"In all my years of law enforcement, I can safely say that the Harvey Hustlers gang was by far one of the most violent, most vile criminal organizations that this organization has dealt with," Normand said. "And in conversations with the FBI, we are on the same page and have the same feelings about the players in this gang."
Normand says this joint investigation has been going on for three years and that it signals a new enhanced local-federal partnership.
The FBI says this kind neighborhood-based gangs are often more dangerous than nationally based gangs.