Sep 2, 2014 9:39 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON - 17 members of the East Side Crips will be arraigned on Thursday on charges that range from money laundering to drug dealing.
The latest arrest was made in Virginia by the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office. Nicolas Romeo was arrested last week on a fugitive warrant from 2010.
The 27-year-old Romeo was wanted in the murder of 24-year-old Benjamin Pereyda who was killed in the parking lot of the North Shore bar on East Golf Links Road.
Josh Moser is an assistant Arizona Attorney General, he told News 4 Tucson Crime Trackers, Romeo is an associate and member of the East Side Crips.
The Attorney General's office says they have successfully disrupted and dismantled the East Side Crips; an organization they say is violent and dangerous.
The investigation revealed the group was selling drugs here in Tucson, in the Midwest, and on the east coast.
Moser has been working closely with the Tucson Police, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, and Firearms and Arizona Department of Public Safety's gang unit.
The investigation took a year to identify members of the East Side Crips. "This is a group that was involved in a very prolific drug dealing operation here in town but also throughout the country as well. When the case was presented to the Attorney General's office we knew immediately this was going to be a priority."
During the raid, police seized over $90,000 in cash, over $5,000 in drugs, and a dozen weapons.
Moser added, most of the East Side Crips are prohibited possessors, meaning they aren't allowed to own weapons.