FBI – (Federal Bureau of Investigations)
The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office assigned a deputy to the South Central FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force in January 2007 to investigate violent gangs in Iberia Parish. The Safe Streets Task Force consists of the following agencies: Iberia Parish, Lafayette Parish, Lafayette City Police Department, Saint Mary Parish, and Saint Landry Parish.
During the course of January 2007 to the present, the Task Force indicted 53 gang members and seized over $300, 000.00 in assets. The Task Force dismantled 5 gangs in the Acadiana area.
The mission of the Safe Streets Task Force pursues violent gangs through sustained, proactive, coordinated investigations to obtain prosecutions under the U.S. Code, Titles 18 and 21, including violations such as racketeering, drug conspiracy, and firearms violations. The Safe Streets Task Force concept expands cooperation and communication among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, increasing productivity and avoiding duplication of investigative efforts.
One of the key facets of a Safe Streets Task Force is the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Investigation (CCE). This combines long term street level enforcement activity with such sophisticated techniques as consensual monitoring, financial analysis, and Title III wire intercepts investigations using CCE aim to root out and prosecute the entire gang, from the street level thugs and dealers up through the crew leaders and ultimately the gang’s command structure.