MOTT HAVEN, The Bronx — Twenty-one alleged gang members have been charged in connection with a drug and firearms trafficking ring in the Bronx.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara announced the unsealing of two indictments charging 21 members of a Bronx-based drug trafficking organization.
The organization operated in the vicinity of the Diego Beekman Houses.
Members of the organization are reportedly affiliated with a subset of the Bloods Street Gang known as the "Low Rider Brims." Others members are allegedly connected to the "Young Shooters."
Officials say the suspects allegedly operated their drug ring in the Beekman houses from at least 2010 until present day.
Of the 21 charged, police have 14 suspects in custody. Twelve of the defendants were arrested Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a coordinated takedown.
In connection with Wednesday's takedown, law enforcement agents executed search warrants at three locations. During the raid of residential apartments where some of the suspects live, officials recovered crack, cocaine, marijuana, ammunition and gang paperwork.
"As alleged, these defendants, many of them members of street gangs, terrorized a South Bronx neighborhood with their drug dealing and violence," said Bharara in a statement Wednesday. "All New Yorkers are entitled to live in neighborhoods free from constant drug-dealing and senseless violence."
Exactly two weeks ago, 120 alleged gang members were indicted in an overnight raid of NYCHA houses in the Bronx.
It is believed to be the "largest gang takedown in New York City history," according to the Attorney General's Office.
Sixty-three suspects were members of the Big Money Bosses street gang, also known as "BMB" or the "Enterprise." This group is a faction of "Young Bosses" or "YBz," which operates throughout New York. Fifty seven suspects were members of the "2Fly YGz" street gang, also known as "2Fly" or the "Enterprise." This group is a faction of "Young Gunnaz" or "YGz"gang, which operates nationwide.