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Gang Investigation Unit

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit is responsible for gathering intelligence and information on gangs and aggressively investigating individuals involved in gang-related crimes. The unit works with other gang investigators from local, state, and federal agencies. The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit participates in the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Gang Task force and is a member of the.

What is a gang?

A gang is three or more persons who collectively identify themselves by adopting a group identity with a common name, identifying signs, symbols, tattoos or other physical markings, style and color of clothing, hand signs or graffiti. Gangs are usually formed along racial and ethnic lines and thrive on intimidation and notoriety. They engage in robberies, drug and weapons trafficking, and other criminal activity as a source of income and to enhance their status among rival gangs.

Gangs Operating in and around Duplin County

There are numerous gangs operating in and around Duplin County with the most active gangs being the MS-13, Crips, G-Shine, II Blood, 9-Trey and other United Blood Nation affiliates. These groups have been known to be involved in robberies, auto theft, prostitution, homicides, and other violent crimes.

Why do young people join gangs?

There are a variety of reasons why young people join gangs. The following are some of the most common reasons:
  • Attention, acceptance and a sense of belonging
  • Peer pressure
  • Intimidation
  • Identity and recognition
  • A sense of self worth and status
  • Financial opportunities from illegal activity
  • Thrill seeking
  • Physical protection and safety
  • Family tradition
Gang awareness classes are presented free of charge to schools, churches, or civic groups requesting the presentations. To schedule a class please call 910-296-2150 or send your request to:
Duplin County Sheriff’s Office
Attn:  Sheriff Blake Wallace
P. O. Box 908
Kenansville, NC  28349
Gang intervention and eradication is a collaborative effort with the citizens of Duplin County. If you see gang graffiti in your neighborhood or any sign of gang-related activity, contact our Gang Investigations Unit at 910-296-2150 or use the email form below. You do not have to leave any information about your identity. All information will remain confidential.