According to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, both Ridgecrest and Greenbriar Apartments are places where members of FAM Mob, a Memphis-based street gang, frequent.
A court-approved nuisance injunction now declares both apartment complexes “Safety Zones," which bans FAM Mob members from publicly associating together, intimidating or assaulting witnesses to gang activity, possessing guns, distributing narcotics, and partaking in other forms of criminal activity within them.
The gang injunction follows a two-year investigation conducted by the Multi-Agency Gang Unit that documented FAM Mob members committing murders, assaults, robberies, kidnappings, and also drug trafficking.
This is the third court-approved Safety Zone created in Memphis.
In September 2013, the city's first-ever gang injunction was issued against the Riverside Rollin' 90's Crips in South Memphis. A safety zone was established against the gang in a 4.6-mile radius bordered by South Parkway, West Mallory, I-55, and Florida.
According the District Attorney General’s office, police calls for service at Riverside were down 28 percent and police reports were down 48 percent since the injunction's enforcement.
In October, a Safety Zone was established north of the city's Medical District. Bound by Jackson, I-240, Poplar, and North Danny Thomas, the zone was identified by law enforcement as the primary boundary in which the Dixie Homes Murda Gang operated.
Stats are not yet available for the Dixie Homes area injunction.