Their name is synonymous with fear, and for family members of their victims, hatred.
The Pittsburgh Jack Boys gang has been operating in Atlanta for numerous years. Some members, like Tamario Wise, are serving life sentences for violent crimes that include murder, rape and armed robbery.
On Friday morning, eight members of that same gang in Southwest Atlanta were arrested on a bevy of charges that include aggravated battery, criminal gang participation, trafficking cocaine, marijuana, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The men arrested and charged are Deon Howard, Jermaine Howard, Timothy Harrell, Nathaniel Howard, John Mitchell, Jonathon Mitchell, Joseph Jones, and Jorge Andrews.
"One of the houses where a search warrant was served we found a pistol and an assault rifle, and two kilos of cocaine," Gavin Duffy the Supervisory Inspector Gavin Duffy. Duffy is part of the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force Counter Gang Unit. Along with the Atlanta Police Department Gang Unit, the FBI, the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and the Georgia Department of Corrections-Probation, they took the men into custody.
"It is going to eliminate the ability of the Pittsburgh Jack Boys to operate at this time," Duffy said.
More than two kilos of suspected cocaine, trafficking amounts of marijuana and two firearms were seized in the operation. One of the arrest locations was outfitted with fortified doors, windows and a complex surveillance system to protect the drug trafficking operation.
Some of the men in Friday's raid could be released on bond. But Duffy said the gang is on their radar and once they are released they will continue to watch them and make arrests if they break the law.
"When they are in jail, even if it is for an hour they are not dealing drugs that day for that hour, or terrorizing that community for an hour," Duffy said. "Especially the community of Pittsburgh, they are full of great people."
Wise shot and killed Charles Boyer on Nov. 22, 2010. Wise was the ring leader of the gang that terrorized the city of Atlanta. According to court documents Wise should have been in jail at the time of Boyer's murder. Wise went to prison at age 15 for aggravated assault. He was released early in August of 2010 days before the crime spree that would ultimately take Boyer's life began. The parole board issued an arrest warrant for Wise at the time, after he ditched his ankle monitor.
A jury found Wise guilty of the murder last year.
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