On Wednesday, April 27 a multi-agency task force arrested 120 members and associates of two rival street gangs operating in the Bronx: the 2Fly YGz and the Big Money Bosses.
The gangs are charged in two separate indictments with racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, narcotics distribution, and firearms offenses.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “Today, we seek to eviscerate two violent street gangs – 2Fly and BMB – that have 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.”
“The gangs’ alleged victims include not only a 15-year-old child stabbed and left to die in the street, as well as a 92 year-old woman shot by a stray bullet in her own home, but also extend to the thousands of residents of Eastchester Gardens and its surrounding neighborhoods terrorized for years by the gangs’ open-air drug dealing and senseless violence,” he added.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said, “As alleged, these individuals engaged in open-air drug sales near homes and schools in the Bronx, pushing poison onto our streets. Allegedly, they also committed numerous acts of violence and at least eight murders in the course of their illicit operations. “
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez said, “Those arrested today allegedly used violence and fear to intimidate people who live within and around the Eastchester Gardens Public Housing. These ruthless gang members are allegedly responsible for more than 1,800 shots fired, resulting in eight alleged homicides. Public safety is important to us, and today our city streets are safer because of the work of HSI agents in our Violent Gang Unit and the work of our federal and local law enforcement partners.”
“The gangs of New York have returned to open air drug markets; brazenly selling marijuana, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and prescription pain medication to drug users in neighborhood parks, abandoned houses, and playgrounds”, said DEA Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt.
“This investigation demonstrates ATF’s commitment to our communities by partnering with our federal and local counterparts in order to dismantle armed criminal organizations. These two violent groups, allegedly responsible for multiple shootings, homicides, and other acts of violence, will now have to face the consequences of terrorizing the communities that they lived in. This should be a lesson to others who are engaged in these types of illegal activities. Our cooperative law enforcement efforts will continue,” ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Delano Reid said.