The 81st Street East Side Hustler Crips, also known as the 81st Street Crips are primarily an African-American Street gang operating in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their history dates back to the early 1990s, named after a street in South Los Angeles (81st Street), which is home to other gangs under the Hustler Crips umbrella such as the HardTime Hustler Crips as well as the East Side Hustler Crips.
Crip gangs in Colorado Springs such as the 81st Street Hustlers and the Ruthless Ass Gangster Crips, have notorious reputations for participation in the drug trade. The 81st Street East Side Hustlers, have close to a hundred documented members and are known to sport fitted caps by the Colorado Rockies with the initials “CR” to represent Colorado.
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on May 24, 2006, eighty-two members of the 81st Street Crips were arrested during a massive gang sweep conducted by the Colorado Springs Police Department, Gang Unit and the Denver Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as well as the Pueblo Police Department. Among the many individuals arrested was Curtis Cooper, who the prosecutor describes as the reputed leader of the 81st Street Crips.
Charges included gang-related crimes, narcotic and gun trafficking. Three members of the 81st Street Crips were listed on the Colorado “100 Most Wanted Fugitives” list with their pictures featured on Crime Stoppers and KKTV.Com. Police authorities have made several attempts to dismantle the 81st Street Hustler Crips.