14 alleged members of Native Syndicate Killers charged
Police say they have "totally disrupted" what they describe as an emerging street gang in Regina.
Fourteen alleged members of a group calling itself Native Syndicate Killers have been arrested, most of them last Friday.
Police allege seven of them were in the core of the gang, while the others had strong ties or dealings with the group.
It's alleged the gang, which is also known by the initials NSK, is involved in the drug trade, selling marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.
The arrests followed a seven-month investigation that was a joint effort of Regina police and a special anti-gang unit within the RCMP.
Police from Saskatoon also assisted in the investigation. RCMP Insp. John Cantafio said it's hoped the arrests will have a major impact on the gang's activities.
"It was quite obvious that we had a gang here that was involved with violence," he alleged. "It was a new group, an emerging group. This group, as far as I'm concerned, has been totally disrupted and dismantled."
The accused include one young offender charged with attempted murder in connection with a Sept. 22, 2006, incident in which a 21-year-old was sent to hospital with a gunshot wound.
The others, who face mostly drug and criminal organization charges, range in age from 18 to 50.