Dallas Gang Homes Go to Habitat Group

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013  |  Updated 6:48 PM CDT
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Operation Goodwill demolished four homes once used for drug deals and thanks to Habitat for Humanity a Dallas neighborhood can make a fresh start.

Marc Fein, NBC 5 News

Operation Goodwill demolished four homes once used for drug deals and thanks to Habitat for Humanity a Dallas neighborhood can make a fresh start.

Federal authorities have turned over two homes and two vacant properties once owned by a Dallas street gang to the local Habitat for Humanity.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Police Chief David Brown and U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana attended a Tuesday ceremony to transfer the properties.

Saldana's office says the properties used to belong to the Gator Boyz gang, which purchased them with money from drug trafficking. Prosecutors say that the gang was infamous for living up to its name -- walking an alligator on a leash down the street and terrifying neighbors.

The gang's leaders are now serving multi-year prison sentences.

Police and officials watched the homes be torn down. Habitat will use the properties to build homes for low-income families.

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