The feds say they took down Denver’s “East Side Crips”

A federal grand jury has returned eight indictments charging 52 people with trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine in the Denver metro area.

The Department of Justice says 35 of the suspects were arrested Thursday after a nearly two-year investigation that involved 225 special agents and officers from 18 agencies.

Investigators say members and associates of the East Side Crips dealt cocaine in “open air drug markets,” including near parks and public transportation centers.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers says the arrests “are indicative of the success that can be attained when agencies combine resources to attack violent street gangs.”