04/30/2008

S.C.'s gang task force gets results

By Adam Beam
The State

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A frustrated Reggie Lloyd — then the U.S. attorney for S.C. — watched in early 2004 as crack dealers came in and out of the court system without it making a dent in the area's violent crime.

Lloyd called Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who told him the local police had the knowledge while the federal authorities had the money. They needed to work together.

Six months later, the creation of the Columbia Violent Gang Task Force was announced, but seemed to disappear as an afterthought.

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