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MDEA agents help dismantle violent New Haven street gang

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to the Connecticut U.S. attorney's office and multiple law enforcement agencies, several members associated with the 'Red Red Side Guerilla Brims', a violent New Haven street gang, have been charged with federal murder, racketeering, firearms, narcotics and money laundering.

A press release states members of MDEA agents played crucial roles in this case. Tim Carson from the Public Information Office says members and associates of the gang are alleged to have committed six murders and four attempted murders.

In addition to distributing crack cocaine and other narcotics in and around the New Haven area, investigators say members of the RSGB, under the direction of one of its alleged leaders, 30-year-old Jeffrey Benton, a.k.a. "Tall Man" and "Fresh," of New Haven, transported crack cocaine and heroin to Bangor, Maine, and sold the drugs in Bangor and its surrounding communities. The release also states RSGB traded narcotics for firearms and brought the firearms back to New Haven and distributed them to gang members.

According to court documents and statements made in court, back in 2014, ATF and the New Haven Police Department began "Operation Red Side" through a series of controlled drug purchases and firearms seizures.

"The Red Side Guerilla Brims were a plague on the streets of New Haven," said U.S. Attorney Daly. "This indictment charges six members of this violent New Haven street gang with racketeering to include murders, shootings, armed robberies and assaults, as well as firearms and narcotics offenses. Other Red Side gang members and associates have or are expected to plead guilty to similar charges shortly. We thank our law enforcement partners, particularly the ATF and New Haven Police Department, for their tireless dedication to this long-term investigation. We are confident that these prosecutions targeting our most violent offenders, together with our anti-violence program Project Longevity which calls upon gang members to give up their violent lifestyle, have reduced the number of murders and shootings in New Haven making New Haven a safer and better place to live."

"Cooperation between all levels of law enforcement and the community are what's required to achieve progress, and this impressive collaboration between the New Haven Police, ATF, U.S. Attorney's Office and other valuable partners has solved many violent crimes," said Chief Esserman. "Too many young men in our community have been lost to gun violence, and too many family members and friends are grieving. Violence in our city will not be tolerated. I'm proud of those who've put in the long hours to see this operation through. The City of New Haven is safer for it."