Originally created 09/07/06

Police arrest 20 in gang member hunt



SAVANNAH, Ga. - Forty extra law enforcement officers hit the streets Saturday night to track down members of 20 known gangs operating in Savannah.

The additional patrols resulted in 20 arrests, according to information provided Tuesday by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Anthony Fulton. It was unclear why the information was not provided until three days after the operation.

The officers were part of "Operation C-Port," named after a gang documentary circulating on Savannah's streets. The 45-minute locally produced DVD, released this summer, shows gang members following police officers in Cuyler-Brownville, Hitch Village and the area near 34th and Montgomery streets, according to Maj. James Barnwell, commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.

"They took on the name to tag it as such and let the gangs know we are aware of that video and other activity," Mr. Fulton said.

The documentary interviews numerous teenagers about life on Savannah streets, gang activity, drugs and other crime. Detectives have been searching for the people in the DVD since its debut, Maj. Barnwell said.