Gang Suppression Unit Making an Impact in Harford County

Statistics Released for Fist Six Months of 2006

(Bel Air, Md. – August 14, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff's Office Gang Suppression Unit continues to make a positive impact in Harford County. The unit was formed in early 2005 following the murder of Deral Howard Guess, 37, the father of nine in December 2004 by gang members.

During the first six months of 2006, the Gang Suppression Unit conducted 262 traffic stops and issued 368 citations or warnings. Members of the Unit performed 94 vehicle searches and searched 290 individuals. Additionally, the Unit conducted 525 field interviews of suspicious subjects.

From January through June of this year, deputies assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit made 86 arrests, including 76 adults and 10 juveniles. Of those arrested, 17 were gang members.

Additionally, the Unit identified 34 new gang members, including 22 adults and 12 juveniles. The Unit also identified 63 others as suspected gang members, including 40 adults and 23 juveniles.

With respect to seizures, the GSU recovered nine weapons during the first six months of the year as well as 612 grams of controlled dangerous substances to include marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

A total of $10,854.00 in U. S. currency was also confiscated by GSU deputies. Finally, the GSU seized a 1995 Nissan Maxima and one military style flak jacket as part of their crime reduction efforts during the past six months.

Commenting on the work of the GSU, Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding stated, “The deputies assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit continue to work tirelessly in the pursuit of reducing gang related crimes and criminal activity in Harford County. Each of these deputies demonstrates the finest attributes of the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff's Office.”