The authorities in New York City continue to turn up the heat on local crews. Following the busts of around 150 alleged gang members in the Bronx and Harlem last month, the laws have cracked down on yet another outfit. Yesterday, in East Harlem’s Wagner Houses, twelve members of the Deadgang were each charged with “one count of conspiracy to sell cocaine and 28 counts jointly of selling cocaine.”
The Deadgang defendants — whose ages range from 16 to 19 — waited for buyers in front of businesses located adjacent to the public housing complex or in a central area within the complex, according to officials.
They allegedly made multiple sales to undercover detectives over the course of the six-month investigation, which was a joint operation of the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, which was formed to prosecute violent organized street crime, and the NYPD’s Narcotics Borough Manhattan North.
Defendants negotiated with buyers outside and then went inside the building to conduct sales, officials said.
The arrested Deadgangers were hauled off to Manhattan Supreme Court, where each of ones arraigned pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy charges, according to the NY Daily News.
Additionally, the investigation netted eight cocaine and heroin dealers who not affiliated with Deadgang, but also dealing in the Wagner Houses. That came after a ten-month investigation. Each of the eight has been charged with “making at least one sale to an undercover detective.”