The FBI says 17 people have been charged in north Mississippi as a part of a major operation targeting suspected gang members called “Operation Bite Back,” launched after the savage killing of Jessica Chambers.
The Clarion-Ledger reports FBI Special Agent in Charge Don Alway announced the indictments on Tuesday.
Federal agents said the operation focuses on Panola County and is a byproduct of the deep investigation that has come through the probe into the death of Jessica Chambers, a 19-year-old woman burned alive on Dec. 6, 2014, in Courtland.
The 17 suspects are alleged to be in a number of street gangs, including the infamous Black Guerrilla Family, and face on a variety of violations ranging from child endangerment, possession of stolen firearms, narcotics sales and felon in possession of a firearm to possession of counterfeit currency.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.