UPDATED: Police dismantle Green Bay street gang with 9 arrests - WBAY

UPDATED: Police dismantle Green Bay street gang with 9 arrests

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Green Bay - Green Bay police say a nine-month-long investigation by undercover gang officers has resulted in one of the largest busts in the department's history. It's also caused the dismantling of a street gang responsible for dozens of crimes in the last year.

Over the last week, investigators with Green Bay's Gang Identification Unit say they've arrested nine people considered the leaders of the Bay City Kings, a group associated with the Latin Kings.

Investigators tell Action 2 News the gang members would steal guns in the Brown County area, then take them to the Chicago and Milwaukee areas and sell or trade them for drugs. They would then bring those drugs back to Northeast Wisconsin and sell them.

In November, the police department formed a specialized Gang Suppression Unit, assigning officers to work full time to infiltrate and eliminate a gang problem in the greater Green Bay area.

It was just in the last week they had enough intelligence on the gang to make the nine arrests of people considered top leaders of the Bay City Kings.

Police tell Target 2 that Michael Doxtator, 26, was the ringleader. He was arrested last week and is being held after a probable-cause hearing. Multiple felony charges are pending against him.

This is all part of an investigation Target 2 reported on in April, when police first publicly acknowledged there is a gang problem here and took us with the undercover officers to show how they're trying to eliminate it (see Links in the sidebar or Video Gallery upper right).

When we went on a night patrol with the Green Bay Police Department's specialized Gang Suppression Unit, Target 2 got a glimpse of how these specially-trained officers, along with state and federal agents, were tracking gangs and their crimes in Northeast Wisconsin.

"The investigators identified the group as being involved in trading guns for drugs, bringing drugs into the area from outside the area," Captain Todd Thomas said.

During the nine-month-investigation, police tell Target 2, they pinpointed Doxtator as the head of the Bay City Kings and identified at least eight others as his top leaders who met weekly to plan their next moves.

"They had rules and regulations that they had to follow. They had a book that they had to follow. They had a hierarchy of command that they had to follow. They had dues that they had to pay, so it was structured. It wasn't just a bunch of kids getting together. It was a structured group, and they ran it as a business, as an operation, a criminal operation," Thomas said.

Captain Thomas tells Target 2 it was often during those meetings Doxtator would coordinate crimes.

Thomas says it was mainly guns -- stolen from people's homes in Northeast Wisconsin, exchanged or sold for prescription pills and marijuana in Milwaukee and Chicago, and brought back here for distribution -- that kept this gang going.
 
"They were involved in other types of street crimes: batteries, thefts, burglaries, a lot of drug distribution."

Court documents show many of those drug deals happened in public places, including parking lots of several businesses.

Finally, last week, the unit made its move.

"We have multiple people in custody. We've seized several vehicles, several assets, cash, drugs."

Investigators also say they uncovered dozens more crimes committed in the last year that were never reported. They're going back through those now, looking for potential victims and other suspects.

Thomas says there's more to come, not only with this gang but others still operating.

"The message wasn't just sent to this Bay City Kings group. The other members know. They know who we are, and they know who are our officers and investigators are, and that's message that we want to send, that they're not welcome here."
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