SELMA, AL (WSFA) - A massive crackdown on gang violence in the Selma area got underway Thursday, and it's already yielding results.
Multiple agencies are helping with "Operation Take Back Selma" after a recent spike in crime that's claimed innocent lives.
Kenyada Dukes, 28, of Selma, was arrested Thursday on several charges, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of Marijuana, felony possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, and probation violation.
According task force agents, Dukes is the leader of a gang from the George Washington Carver Housing Project.
He is being held in the Dallas County Jail without bond.
Agents say his right-hand man, Darryl "Fum Fum" Johnson, 26, of Selma, was also arrested on charges of possession of Marijuana 1st, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of Marijuana 2nd, carrying a pistol without a permit, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $118,000.
Three other suspected Selma drug dealers were arrested Thursday on federal charges.
Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson helped organize "Operation Take Back Selma."
Local, state and federal agencies will be participating, and agents will be coming in from nearby counties and from across the region. Sheriff's departments, police departments, ATF, ABC, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and drug task forces will be taking part in the effort.
"We'll have everybody come together and start going around to round up these gang members, these gunslingers and these folks that are wreaking havoc on our community. We cannot wait for somebody to save us, so I decided we needed to put together another unit to go after these gunslingers," Jackson said.