Tuesday morning in the pre-dawn hours, Monroe police and other agencies apprehended a large group of the gang known as “31 Flavors,” a violent Monroe Street gang. These arrests were made in Monroe with the exception of one Morehouse Parish man, Perry Collins.
Collins, 26, of 300 Norwood Drive, was booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail. He is charged with failure to appear, 76/65 speeding warrant, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering. The penalty if found guilty on a racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering is $1 million dollars or 50 years in prison or both.
According to information, this investigation into “31 Flavors” has been going on some 15 months. So far, the investigation led to 13 secret grand jury indictments and one felony drug warrant.
The gang’s resources are fueled by marijuana and Ecstasy sales. The gang has been suspected in a murder, several drive-by shootings, beatings and witness intimidations.
The gang dates back seven to eight years when many of the members were in high school. As they got older, they became more involved with dealing drugs and street crimes.
Agencies who assisted Monroe police in the raids included West Monroe, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, State Police, State Probation and Parole, Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office, Metro Narcotics, the Drug Enforcement Agency, OPSO’s Interstate Crime Enforcement officer, the Shreveport Police Department and the Shreveport division of the U. S. Marshals Service.