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Weber County Attorney's Office prosecuting gang operatives for recruiting conspiracy

The Weber County Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that it is prosecuting six purported gang operatives for allegedly recruiting and manipulating "vulnerable" youths, among other accusations.
The Weber County Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that it is prosecuting six purported gang operatives for allegedly recruiting and manipulating "vulnerable" youths, among other accusations.
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OGDEN — The Weber County Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that it is prosecuting six purported gang operatives for allegedly recruiting and manipulating "vulnerable" youths, among other accusations.

The charges are enhanced because the alleged operatives are implicated in a conspiracy as defined by the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the office said in a prepared statement. The law, which targets ongoing criminal enterprises, means the defendants face at least five years and up to a life sentence in prison if convicted, according to the prosecutors.

Daniel Ray Lopez, 35, Sharif Ahmed Hebeishy, 32, Brock Adam Pickett, 28, and Jaron Michael Sadler, 21, were all charged in connection with the case Tuesday. In its statement, the Weber County Attorney's Office also names Tamer Ahmed Hebeishy, 32, and Sadat Ahmed Hebeishy, 34, as defendants, though court records indicate they have not been formally charged.

Prosecutors said Wednesday's announcement is the culmination of an investigation began last year into the Titanic Crip Society, "a street gang operating as a criminal organization for more than two decades."

Authorities "looked to address a troubling increase in crimes committed by members of the Titanic Crip Society," the attorney's office said. "The investigation sought to identify those individuals suspected of occupying positions of management, as well as those actively contributing to the organization through criminal conspiracy. Managers of the gang are alleged to have recruited and then manipulated vulnerable youth for the purpose of carrying out violent, gang-related acts."

Lopez, Pickett, Sadler and Sharif Ahmed Hebeishy, all from Roy or the surrounding area, each are charged in 2nd District Court with carrying out a pattern of unlawful activity, a first-degree felony.

Lopez is additionally charged with aggravated assault, a first-degree felony. Pickett is charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault. Sadler is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, two counts of second-degree felony aggravated assault, third-degree felony burglary of a vehicle and assault, a class A misdemeanor.

Court documents detail alleged gang recruiting efforts and say investigators used "a number of specialized investigative techniques," including intercepted phone calls, "analysis of the digital contents" of gang member's cellphones and monitoring of their social media accounts.

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