The 51st Street Crips is the first of a 3 episode series about a Kansas City street gang. In the 1980s as crack cocaine started devastating African American neighborhoods, I was part of the L.A. Boys Task Force. We investigated and uncovered the first Bloods and Crips gangs in Kansas City. We found LA Bloods and Crips graffiti in KC neighborhoods. We found local cocaine dealers willing to complain about the interlopers from Los Angeles. We made the largest drug seizure to date when we intercepted a Rolling 60 Crips gang leader arriving on the Amtrak, Super Chief, from Los Angeles. So much for the romance of train travel.
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