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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2009

Contact: Michael Hoffman, Special Agent – PIO

Office: (818) 265-2507

Cell: (213) 925-4547

Rollin’ 30s Gang Member Sentenced To 20 years For Firearms And Crack Cocaine Possession

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced 30 year old Anthony Washington, a Rollin’ 30s Harlem Crip gang member to 240 months in federal prison and eight years supervised release today for firearms and drug violations. Washington was convicted after a three day trial in January of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Los Angeles Police Department Officers arrested Washington in January 2006, at a gas station near the intersection of Exposition Blvd. and Western Ave. in Los Angeles. Washington was prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, a joint partnership between ATF, the United States Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement agencies.

“We are very pleased with today’s sentence. This sends a clear message that gang members who choose to use firearms to further their criminal activity will not be tolerated,” said John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Los Angeles Field Division. “ATF will continue to work with our local law enforcement partners to dismantle violent gangs and rid our neighborhoods of armed violent criminals.”

This investigation was part of a larger two year ATF led investigation that targeted the Rollin 30’s gang. Approximately 65 gang members were arrested and prosecuted for firearms and narcotics related charges. The Rollin 30’s claim turf in the southwest area of Los Angeles, and have been known to engage in narcotics trafficking, home invasion robberies and firearms trafficking.

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