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DPS’ State Gang Task Force, Phoenix, and Scottsdale PD arrest homicide suspect from ‘07 murder

Nine-month joint operation nets 24 arrests

Friday, February 18, 2011 -

On Friday, February 18, 2011, at about 6:00 PM, Corey Garner, 26, of Phoenix, Ariz. was arrested for the July 4, 2007, gang-related homicide of Daniel Ramirez also of Phoenix. Ramirez was 17 at the time of his death. Garner’s arrest is the culmination of a nine-month investigation, into a north Phoenix gang. The gang operated throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area including the Paradise Valley area of northeast Phoenix.

A total of Twenty-four suspects have been taken into custody as the result of cooperative efforts of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Gang Task Force, also known as GIITEM, the Phoenix Police Department and the Scottsdale Police Department.

Operation “Justice in Paradise” is part of an on-going investigation and came to the attention of the State Gang Task Force (GIITEM) during operation “Triple Threat”. The gang, which is the focus of this investigation started as a party crew out in 2006. Over time the party crew transformed itself into a criminal street gang and went from hosting parties to, armed robberies, home invasions, aggravated assaults, narcotics sales, burglaries and trafficking in stolen property among other crimes. Members of this gang have been involved in a steady stream of crimes from 2006 to present. These crimes now include the following:

  • Homicide
  • Home invasion
  • Aggravated assault
  • Armed robbery
  • Drive-by-shooting
  • Assault
  • Firearms/weapons violations
  • Narcotic possession and sales
  • Residential burglary
  • Commercial burglary
  • Trafficking in stolen property
  • Criminal damage

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