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Authorities in New York indict 17 drug-dealing gang members for selling crack near schools

September 27, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities in New York indict 17 drug-dealing gang members for selling crack near schools

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Over a dozen drug dealers associated with an infamous drug-dealing gang were charged with peddling crack cocaine near playgrounds and schools, authorities announced in a statement on Monday.

The NYPD, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, apprehended 17 suspects over the last two weeks in the Bronx and Manhattan, many of whom are alleged members of the No Sleep Get Money Gang, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor reported.

The drug-dealing gang, which also goes by N$GM, brazenly managed their business at all hours in the hallways, lobbies, and stairwells of East Harlem’s AK Houses, a privately owned affordable housing complex.

Gang members reportedly met with clients on the sidewalks in front of the housing complex, near a playground and three schools.

The NYPD initiated the 10-month investigation, which was called “Operation Insomnia,” after community members expressed concern about the constant drug trade happening right on their doorsteps.

Additionally, at least five gang-related shootouts occurred in front of the AK Houses over the past year, the New York Post reported.

Suspect Matthew Jones’ residence was raided at the AK Houses on September 15th, where investigators allegedly discovered two loaded guns in a dresser drawer, including a .38 and a 9mm, according to officials.

A 1-year-old and three other children were in the apartment at the time.

“Finding decent, affordable housing is challenging enough for low-income Manhattan residents, without facing daily threats posed by warring gangs and around-the-clock drug trafficking,” Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, said in a statement.

“Today’s arrests and indictments demonstrate zero tolerance for this dangerous criminal activity.”

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