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New Linn County group will focus on gangs


CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) -- Cedar Rapids police chief Greg Graham says his city is "on the verge of a gang problem."

In response, the Cedar Rapids police department announced Wednesday it would form a task force with federal agencies to fight a recent influx of gang members from as far away as California.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Weysan Dun says the aim of the task force will be to investigate and undermine the leadership of criminal organizations in Cedar Rapids and Linn County.

Dun says about six people will work full-time on the task force, with more officers and agents ready for larger operations.

The effort is being funding by the FBI.

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