NYPD announces gang, drug takedown - New York News

NYPD announces gang, drug takedown

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NEW YORK (AP) -

More than 40 drug dealers who delivered cocaine to investment bankers, college students and public housing residents were arrested in a New York Police Department sting operation, officials said Friday.

In total, 41 members of two drug trafficking rings were indicted in Manhattan, including 33 members of the "Blocc Boyz" street gang, based in the Baruch Houses public housing development on the Lower East Side. A separate indictment charges eight members of the "Money Boyz" street gang, based in the Campos Houses in the East Village.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the gangs used car services to deliver cocaine to customers throughout Manhattan.

"Residents of Manhattan today can get nearly everything delivered to their doorstep -- from dinner to dry cleaning and even cocaine," Vance said.

Officials wouldn't comment further on the customers, saying the case was ongoing and more arrests were likely. In total, the dealers sold more than $1.1 million worth of cocaine in two years. Kelly said they charged $120 for the drugs, more than the usual street value of $80 because of the door-to-door service.

The dealers posted photos of themselves on social media posing with stacks of cash, guns and diamond-crusted watches. Authorities said they lived in public housing and terrorized residents there.  

Four of the suspects were charged as major traffickers under the "drug kingpin" statute, which is aimed at getting higher-level dealers off the streets -- the most people ever charged under the statute in a single takedown, Vance said. Others were charged with selling drugs and conspiracy.

Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea said such criminal behavior won't be tolerated.

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