The NYPD’s gang unit has been busy this summer in their mission to dismantle gangs in the streets of the Bronx. The BX borough is home to over 55 gangs, including various sets of the Bloods and Crips, as well as Latin organizations. Law enforcement blames the street syndicates for most of the crime an turmoil in the city and have been going hard to crackdown on them.
Most recently, more than a dozen gangsters were busted in the Bronx, standing accused of perpetrating assaults and killings in the area. The NYPD gang unit was assisted by DEA and Homeland Security agents took down 17 members of rival squads, the Taylor Avenue Crew and the Leland Avenue Crew around 6 AM this morning. The authorities have linked the crews to two murders. They are also implicated in several shootings and attempted murders. The police allege that the the two gangs dish out the violence to maintain their drug operations.
This comes after a July sting in which 23 suspected members of Blood factions the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation (UGSN) and the Black Stone Gorilla Gangstas (BSGG) were knocked, including the leaders of both sets, Rahsaan “Low Rider” Samuel (UGSN) and Cory “Angry” Hickson (BSGG). The gangsters here were hit with a 217 charges such as enterprise corruption, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and narcotics sales. The laws brought these guys down using wiretaps. According to Pix11:
They terrorized the residents of Castle Hill and Co-op City, planning murders and selling drugs and weapons, as well as regularly traveling to Maryland as part of criminal operations, cops say.
The Taylor and Leland Avenue Crew members arrested today were scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon for conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.