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NYPD Narcotics officers arrest dozens of Brooklyn gang members prior to J’Ouvert festival.

September 3, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYPD Narcotics officers arrest dozens of Brooklyn gang members prior to J’Ouvert festival.

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Brooklyn narcotics officers raided into Crown Heights and arrested 35 accused gang members on Friday during a sweep meant to clean house before Monday’s J’Ouvert festival.

The alleged gang members belong to the Franklin Avenue Family Crew, a Crips-associated gun and drug trafficking gang, who are known to distribute heroin and cocaine on Eastern Parkway, along the West Indian Day parade route, officials reported.

Officers from the Brooklyn South Narcotics unit seized three pounds of weed, a kilo of cocaine, some heroin, and ten handguns.

The pre-dawn J’Ouvert celebration back in 2015 concluded in terrible violence when two rival gangs went to battle near the dancing attendees.

According to the New York Post, 43-year-old Caret W. Gabay, who was an innocent bystander and worked as an aide to Governor Cuomo, was shot in the head by a random bullet and succumbed to his injuries just a few days later.

NYPD Capt. Joseph Matzinger stated: “This was a concentrated effort to execute this case prior to J’Ouvert.”

Friday’s arrests stemmed from a four-month investigation; 14 of those apprehended have been charged in a sealed indictment, according to sources.

The investigation was initiated by the broad-daylight double-shooting that occurred back in March of a 14-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man. The shootouts were traced back to a beef between the Franklin Avenue Family Crew and Folk Nation, a rival gang.

Just one month later, the same two opposing groups were behind another mid-afternoon shooting.

The 35 arrested at nine Crown Heights areas on Friday face charges including weapons possession and conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

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