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Albany gang unit watches national trend of girl gang members

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Police Gang Task Force is watching out for a growing national trend, of girls in gangs.

Gang Task Force investigators estimate up to 10% of gang members are female.

They say it's unusual for an entire gang to be made up of girls, but more gangs have female members who are often involved in crimes.

"Their roles are typically to hold drugs or guns," said Investigator Janel Herring.  "Because they feel that females won't get that much time if they are caught. Or if they won't they can hide it in place where it possibly can't be found."

 Gang task force members say these female gang members are as young as 8 years old and are often brought into the gangs by their parents or family.

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