- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The New York Police Department conducted a major gang takedown in the Bronx early Wednesday with the help of multiple federal agencies, arresting dozens of individuals during what is being reported as the largest crackdown of its kind in city history.

Upwards of 100 suspected gang members were arrested during an early morning operation centered around the Eastchester Gardens public housing complex in Williamsbridge, New York Daily News reported.

The sting was conducted with the aid of the DEA; Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Marshals, police sources told the newspaper.

As many as 1,000 law enforcement officers took part in the operation, New York’s CBS2 reported on Wednesday, and local and federal authorities are expected to disclose further details during a press conference scheduled for noon.

Police carried out the crackdown at dawn armed with search warrants for 120 “targets,” according to the Daily News. The paper reported that authorities apprehended roughly 100 suspects, including alleged members of two rival gangs — 2Fly YGz and the Big Money Bosses — and transported them to police precincts in the Bronx for processing.

Members of either gang are believed to be responsible for killing a 92-year-old woman who was killed by a stray bullet in 2009, as well as the deaths of three teenagers who were either stabbed or shot to death between 2012 and 2014.

More than 60 of the individuals arrested early Wednesday will face federal charges for violent crimes, including seven homicides, the Daily News reported. A local NBC News affiliate added that suspected gangbangers are wanted for charges ranging from murder and robbery to drug sales and counterfeiting money. 

“This was a major gang sweep across the Bronx,” one law enforcement source told the paper. “The charging documents were quite severe.”

Wednesday’s operation follows a similar crackdown last week that led to the arrests of more than 30 suspected gang members in Manhattan.

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