SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse Police say a violent street gang, the Lex Ave Midtown Assassins, or LAMA, had a deal, but broke it and now are paying the price. It's all part of the federal, state and local initiative launched this year known as "Syracuse Truce."
A task force met with several gangs, including LAMA. The gangs were told that if they maintained a truce, various services would be provided to help members find a way out of a life of crime. But if gang related killings continued, the gangs involved would face a massive crackdown.
On March 10th, authorities say a Lex Ave member shot and killed Daryl Mobley, leading to a month long effort focused on every member of the group.
“In those 30 days, we arrested 22 members of the LAMA gang. We revoked the parole of one member. We revoked probation of another member. We revoked the federal probation of another member. We had eight LAMA members had their social services benefits revoked because they didn't belong on them,” said Syracuse Police Department Sgt. Thomas Connellan.
Connellan says searches also led to recovery of weapons and drugs. He says the message to all gangs in the city is that if they break the truce, they can expect a similar crackdown in the future.