Verne Strickland Blogmaster / January 4, 2013
Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013
The downtrodden economy has fueled an expansion of criminal street gangs in eastern North Carolina, one law enforcement official said Thursday, a troubling trend that renewed calls among school and law enforcement officials for a multifaceted approach for tackling the problem.
Emerging gang problems prompted Wilmington and New Hanover County to form a joint gang task force several years ago. The team of investigators and social workers is charged with not only dismantling gangs but choking off their source of recruitment by finding potential members at an early age.