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Memphis prosecutor targeting gangs in 2012

By ADRIAN SAINZ
Associated Press

(AP) - In 17 months serving as U.S. attorney for West Tennessee, lifelong Memphian Edward Stanton has displayed a tough stance against sex traffickers and drug rings, while also showing a willingness to get personally involved in the region's most serious cases.

Now, he plans to take on Memphis' gangs.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Stanton said his office is working on forming a federal unit to fight gangs, to go along with an existing task force that takes on organized crime and drug traffickers. Stanton says the new gang unit will involve law enforcement agencies from the local, state and federal level, and should be up and running in 2012.

Stanton was born and raised in Memphis, attending the city's public schools and the University of Memphis' law school.

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