FBI (Youngstown, Ohio): The Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force, a FBI sponsored task force, announce the arrest of “VIC BOYS” criminal street gang members and their associates after a Mahoning County grand jury returned a forty eight (48) count indictment charging nine (9) people for their participation in the Youngstown-area criminal street gang and four (4) others because of their association with the criminal street gang. In addition, three (3) people were charged through the Mahoning County Juvenile Court for their participation in the criminal street gang.

VIC Arrested Persons

The gang was involved in street level drug trafficking and gun violence in and around the Victory Estates neighborhood of East Youngstown. In 2012, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force began investigating a drug trafficking organization that included known members of the VIC BOYS criminal street gang. The group was targeted because of neighborhood tips detailing their ongoing criminal activity and because the group has been a known catalyst for violence in Youngstown.

“The individuals indicted last week and arrested this morning are charged with serious offenses representing their willingness to engage in violent acts putting our community at risk” said Stephen D Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office. “As evidenced by this continuing investigation, the FBI will work with our law enforcement partners to target and eliminate the most significant threats to our communities to include violent gang activity.”

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About the Mahoning Valley Task Force Collaborative ( is a collaborative effort between the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), a FBI Safe Streets & Gang Unit Initiative; the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force (LETF), a HIDTA initiative; the FBI Crimes Against Children (CAC); and the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team (CRT), a multi-jurisdiction SWAT team. The group's overall goal is to disrupt and dismantle criminal street gangs, degrade drug trafficking organizations, and remove dangerous predators from our community through intelligence-driven investigations and new initiatives and partnerships.

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