Judge Peter Sakai granted a temporary injunction on 15 suspected gang members Thursday, with three defendants contesting their inclusion in the injunction.
Jacoreous Clayton, Herron Hasting, and Devorn McDonald appeared in Sakai’s courtroom, with Hasting calling the allegations of gang affiliation “crazy.”
All three men will go to trial over the injunction. Ten other men included in the injunction have agreed to the terms of the temporary injunction, and two others are fugitives, said Prosecutor Adriana Biggs.
An undercover police detective testified in court that the 15 men included in the injunction are known members of the Wheatley Courts Bloods gang, or members of other area Bloods sects.
On the stand, Officer Charles Heller, a member of SAPD’s SAFE Unit who patrols the area around the Wheatley Courts Housing Project, described the area as drug-infested, with rampant prostitution and gang intimidation.
Asked about the availability of drugs, Heller said the area was a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week drug market, with people coming from as far as Canyon Lake to purchase drugs there.
The temporary injunction on the 15 men severely limits their activities, and prevents them from associating with one another, in an effort to reduce crime in the area.
Biggs said crime statistics suggest gang injunctions executed in the past have reduced criminal activity significantly.