Sacto 9-1-1
March 12, 2010
Sac PD floods gang area in anti-crime sweep

By Kim Minugh

Sacramento police took advantage of a slow shift Thursday night and saturated Meadowview's Nedra Court, one of the city's notorious gang hangouts, in hopes of suppressing criminal activity there, according to authorities.

The street, flanked by apartment complexes, was the site of a 15-year-old girl's killing in January. A man was shot there a few weeks ago, and the area typically produces a "high volume" of 911 calls, said Sacramento police Sgt. Norm Leong.

In a recent 30-day period, police were called to Nedra Court 30 times, according to police data.

So a swing-shift patrol team decided to do some proactive police work, Leong said, stopping cars coming in and out of the court.

Officers issued 23 citations; arrested two men for gun possession - and confiscated the gun; validated two gang members; made three misdemeanor warrant arrests, and conducted three probation searches, Leong said.

Part of the effort was intended "to show residents that we do care," Leong said.

The other part: "To minimize both the gang activity and the recent violence that has occurred in that area."

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

Previous coverage:

'Happy-go-lucky' girl killed after party fight - Jan. 4, 2010.

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