Alleged Criminal Syndicate Run by Teens Busted Up in Boone Co.
Five teens are behind bars in Boone County and investigators claim the juveniles - all between the ages of 15 and 17 - are members of a gang that launched a large-scale criminal enterprise last fall.
The teens were arrested on Wednesday by the Boone County Sheriff's Office after a six month investigation. The suspects are accused of being involved in robberies, burglaries, drug use and sales, and stealing and selling guns in the Walton, Richwood, and Florence areas.
The gang is allegedly known as the Fine$$e Gang and the five accused members are charged with engaging in organized crime, three counts of first degree robbery, two counts of first degree burglary, five counts of third degree burglary, three counts of theft of an automobile, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in controlled substances, gun trafficking, receiving stolen property under $1,000, theft by unlawful taking over $1,000, thefts of firearms, assault, disorderly conduct, terroristic threatening, and criminal mischief.
Over the course of six months, investigators believe that two additional juvenile gang members were busted during a burglary attempt. That investigation is still ongoing and charges could be brought against more teens and adults.
According to a news release, the Fine$$e Gang was established last fall and developed into an organized syndicate. What appeared to be random criminal acts of wayward kids, deputies said, eventually caught the eye of Detective Jeff Miles on January 13 when he structured an investigation in which he discovered the organizational structure of the alleged gang.
Anyone who may have more information is encouraged to contact Det. Miles (859) 334-8476 or via email at [email protected].
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