Local law enforcement agents were honored today for their work in cracking down on the East Side Locos gang.
The case began about a year and a half ago. According to the U.S. Attorney, 11 gang members received a total of 228 years in prison. Gang members committed several murders and attempted murders, more than 250 burglaries, and drug and weapons trafficking.
Today, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas handed out trophies to Tyler FBI agents, an ATF agent, and police detectives who worked the case. The agents say they're proud to make Tyler and Smith County a safer place for its residents.
"They deserve the fact that they can come out of their homes, or as one lady told us, she slept in her bathtub at night because they had drive-by shootings at her house routinely," Garrett Floyd, special agent for the Tyler FBI, said. "They deserve to be able to sleep in their own bed without fear of someone shooting up their house."
Mayor Joey Seeber, State Representative Leo Berman, and other community leaders also attended the ceremony at the Bank of America building in downtown Tyler.