In an effort to combat narcotics traffic and gang-related violence in the Wheatley Courts neighborhood on San Antonio’s East side, the Bexar County District Attorney has filed a petition seeking a temporary restraining order.
The order is designed to keep 16 known gang members out of the area.
District Attorney Susan Reed said all 16 gang members belong to the Bloods street gang.
According to Police Chief William McManus, the gang members are far from “lightweights” when it comes to their criminal records.
“These individuals are Blood members and they are generally involved in narcotics transactions and the violence the often accompanies drug activity,” McManus said.
The injunction forbids them from being in the area, bordered by East Commerce Street, North New Braunfels Street and the Union Pacific railroad tracks.
The area, though called a “Safe Zone," is not assured of being crime free by way of the injunction.
But McManus said it will make it more difficult for the gangs to operate since the 16 gang members are barred from the area.
“Every time there’s a displacement, it weakens the structure,” McManus said. “Their whole operation -- their whole flow -- is off, because they are out of their element."
This is the 10th gang injunction the DA has filed in various high crime areas of the city.
“We’ve had some amazing results as far as crime stats in those areas decreasing,” said Reed.
Reed said she will be back before a judge on Aug. 30 for a hearing in hopes of eventually obtaining a permanent injunction.