The Click Clack Gang's timing couldn't have been worse. A federal grand jury indicted seven Click Clack Gang members yesterday for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and for illegally possessing firearms.
The indictment comes as state and federal authorities are targeting gang members for federal prosecution of drug trafficking and firearms violations. A Kansas City rapper known as "2 Gunn Kevi" (aka 24-year-old Kevion
Darnell Bifford) was among those in the 12-count indictment. The others
*No photo was available for Gary Smith.
The feds allege that all seven were involved in a conspiracy to distribute
crack cocaine between January 1, 2009, and February 10, 2011.
The feds have filed motions to hold all seven without bond.
Following are what law-enforcement officers recovered during the investigation:
More than 20 firearms (many had been stolen, and three were
identified as weapons used in shootings causing injuries, including an
More than 40 grams of crack cocaine
More than 100 grams of powder cocaine
The Click Clack Gang claims an area of KC bounded by 27th Street to Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard and Jackson Avenue to the Paseo. They take their name from the sound of cocking a gun or
"racking the slide" (putting a round into the chamber) of a
semiautomatic handgun, which the feds say was backed up by the number of semiautomatic
handguns recovered from the gang members and in photos and videos.
"Violent street gangs wreak havoc in the neighborhoods where they operate and have a dangerous impact on the entire community," U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips said in a statement. "My office, in conjunction with the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office and local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies, is committed to protecting our community by targeting illegal gangs and taking illegal guns, drugs and criminals off the street."
"We are utilizing a federal grant in order to make one of our assistant
prosecutors available to prosecute gang-related cases in federal
court," Jackson County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar said in a statement.
"This is a good example of the partnership between local, state and
federal law-enforcement agencies. By working together, we are able to
marshal more resources to combat gang activity and obtain tougher
penalties against members of violent street gangs. We are sending the
message loud and clear that we will not tolerate gang activity in our