Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and other law enforcement officials announced the charges against 120 alleged members and associates of two rival gangs, CBS News reported.
The early morning raid involved hundreds of law enforcement officers from the NYPD and federal agencies, some using helicopters and armored vehicles to round up the suspects.
Officials said the alleged gangs are the Big Money Bosses, or BMB, and the 2Fly YGz, or 2Fly. Bharara said they “allegedly wreaked havoc on the streets of the Northern Bronx for years by committing countless acts of violence against rival gang members and innocents alike.”
“If you were in the wrong place at the wrong time you could be shot, stabbed, even killed,” Bharara said.
Authorities said 2Fly mainly operated in and around the Eastchester Gardens housing development selling drugs including marijuana, crack cocaine and prescription pills and would store guns at the playground or in nearby apartments or cars.
BMB primarily operated on White Plains Road from 215th Street to 233rd Street selling marijuana, crack cocaine and prescription pills while storing guns in abandoned homes and other places near their drug spots, authorities said.