Gang recruitment videos prompt police search, arrest

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Alachua County deputies and Gainesville Police serve a search warrant Wednesday morning at the home where Naymontie Enoch was living. Police believe he was producing gang recruitment videos.

By Karen Voyles
Staff writer – Gainesville Sun

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 10:21 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 10:21 a.m.

The first gang-related search warrant in Alachua County was executed Wednesday morning at a house a few blocks from Norton Elementary School. The search warrant is part of an investigation that began in August when gang recruitment videos allegedly produced in the home showed up on the Internet.

SWAT team members and other specialists from the Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office served the search warrant at about 9 a.m. at single-family house at 4401 N.W. 21st Street.

Once the heavily armed officers were inside the home, they found and arrested Naymontie Enoch, 18, on eight gang-related felony charges. Police said his criminal history includes 23 arrests on felonies and 11 arrests on misdemeanors.

Florida has a relatively new law that makes it a felony to recruit members to gangs whose primary purpose is criminal activity.

Richard LaLonde, a gang investigator for the Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task Force, said the case against Enoch began in August when he was connected to a YouTube video reportedly showing members of a Bloods gang trying to instigate a fight with a member of a Crips gang.

Additional videos were found, LaLonde said, that featured Enoch using sounds made with a gun to promote his gang, the East Coast 725 Out West Piro Bloods.

Gainesville police Detective Jim McCollum said the message on at least one of the videos was a threat that if someone messed with one of Enoch’s gang members, the gang would mess with that person.

Police spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg said the reason so much manpower was assigned to the search warrant was because there was gunplay used in the gang recruitment videos.

“In the videos you can hear gun racking (the sound a gun makes when you pull back the action), and when you tell us you have guns, you get all the special attention we can give you,” Kameg said

As the handcuffed Enoch was being loaded into a squad car to be taken to the Alachua County jail, a woman identified by officers as his mother began wailing. Enoch could be heard telling her: “I ain’t been doing nothing, Mama.”

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4 Comments for “Gang recruitment videos prompt police search, arrest”

  1. jason

    Take a look at Guvna Bs page. Hes an upcoming gospel/christian rapper! lets promote the positive young people instead of the negative. http://www.myspace.com/guvnab

  2. RACx3 120 102

    can yall say wannabes this young guys need a stop watching movies damn shame

  3. wetdogsmell

    that’s one smart gangster

  4. We are trying to stop the spread of gangs in Gainesville. We are currently working on a documentary about how to create a positive change in youth so that they decide not to walk this path. please visit our website http://www.chasing-ghosts.com to help improve the state of our children.

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