Alleged S.F. gang leader nabbed on drug trafficking charges

An alleged Western Addition gang leader was arrested this morning in Novato on drug trafficking charges, San Francisco police reported.

Paris Moffet, 29, was taken into custody at 7 a.m. at a home in the Hamilton area of Novato, along with a woman he was believed to have been living with there, according to San Francisco police Deputy Chief of Investigations Morris Tabak.

The arrest “will have a significant impact on the drug distribution trade in the Western Addition's Housing developments,” Tabak said.

Members of the San Francisco Police Department Gang Task Force, assisted by Novato police, arrested Moffet on charges of possession for sale of crack cocaine and Ecstasy, with a gang enhancement allegation, as well as child endangerment, according to police.

Four boys, ages 11 and 15 and 5-month-old twins, were at the home at the time police allegedly discovered the drugs, according to Tabak, who said all four boys are also believed to have been living there.

Delicia Mitchell, 35, of Novato, was arrested on charges of possession of narcotics for sale and child endangerment, police reported.

Moffet is believed to be a member of Eddy Rock, one of three Western Addition gangs recently targeted with injunctions by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

“It has been no secret that (Moffet) has self-identified as a leader of Eddy Rock,” said Alexis Thompson, a spokeswoman for the City Attorney's office.

According to Tabak, Moffet has been arrested several times previously on various drug and assault charges.

Of Mitchell, Tabak said, “To our knowledge, she's not a member.”

“Many of the homicides and other gun violence this year have been drug-related,” Tabak said. “Drug dealers prey on the community,” he added.

“By focusing our resources on and arresting drug distributors like Moffet, we can have a positive effect on public safety in San Francisco,” Tabak said.

On Oct. 18, a San Francisco Superior Court judge granted Herrera an injunction against three gangs in the Western Addition district in an attempt to restrict the activities of members of the Eddy Rock, Chopper City and Knockout Posse gangs, according to Thompson.

The injunction against Eddy Rock covers a roughly four-block area north of Turk Street to Ellis Street, between Webster and Gough streets, Thompson said.

The Chopper City and Knockout Posse injunction covers a six-block area, also from Turk to Ellisstreets, between Divisadero and Steiner streets, she said.

Two other injunctions have already been granted against gangs in the Mission and Bayview districts.

— Bay City News

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