15 alleged Bomb Squad Gang Members are facing federal racketeering conspiracy charges among others that carry up to life in prison if convicted.
This is the second round of indictments against Bomb Squad members in the last six years. Charges against two-19-year-olds in the group are for allegedly providing the gun used in the shooting of AJ Polnitz and Nasjay Murry, April 8th.
US Attorney John Childress alleges the gang members are responsible for attempted murder and in some cases murder over drugs and turf.
“This law enforcement effort is in direct response to increased violence between Bomb Squad and rival criminal gangs," Childress said. "Those rivalries not only cause risk to the law-abiding citizens of this city but have in some instances caused the death of innocents.”
Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation including the Peoria Police Department, the ATF and DEA.
All 15 of those indicted were in custody as of Tuesday evening. 19-year old Kentrevion Watkins was the only person police had not arrested at the time of their announcement. He was found and detained after the announcement.