The war on gangs in New York City is in full swing. Starting around 2:30 this morning, about 1,000 law enforcement officers (NYPD, ATF, DEA and US Marshals) have been scouring the Bronx, while executing the largest gang bust in the city’s history.
According to CBS, more than a hundred alleged gang members have been knocked in several BX housing complexes, on charges pertaining to “drug activity, shootings, homicides and other gang activity.” Eastchester Gardens in Williamsbridge is one of the locations, according to the NY Daily News. Most suspects were taken into the 43rd Precinct in Soundview. Others were taken to the 50th Precinct.
The Daily News reports, “Of the 100 or so people taken into custody, 60 will face criminal charges in federal court for a string of violent crimes, including at least seven homicides, sources said.” Further reports read:
Police and federal authorities had search warrants for 120 “targets.”
The suspects are affiliated with the 2Fly YGz and the Big Money Bosses — two rival gangs authorities say wreaked havoc on the area as they fought over turf.
The gangs were responsible for the death of Sadie Mitchell, 92, who was killed by a stray bullet sitting in her living room in 2009, officials said.
The two groups are also accused of murdering Keshon Potterfield, 18, in 2014, Alexander Walters, 17, who was stabbed to death in 2012, as well as Donville Simpson, also 17, who was shot to death in 2013.
This sweep follows one last month, which was said to be the largest in Bronx history. In that one, 84 gang members belonging to The Miami Ave Gang, Eden Boys, Ugz and Rgz (described as an “alliance of evil”) were busted for operating a drug ring that pumped cocaine, heroin and lethal fentanyl into New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The coalition was also accused of using drug proceeds to buy guns and ammo in New England and bring them back into New York.
We will have more for you, as more information comes out.