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Feds and NYC authorities arrest 49 members of cartel-linked Bronx-based drug distribution networks

March 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds and NYC authorities arrest 49 members of cartel-linked Bronx-based drug distribution networks

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Authorities in New York filed have rounded up 49 associates of two Bronx-based, drug distribution networks. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents collaborated with the NYPD and DEA agents to apprehend the purported criminals.

The joint task force carried out an investigation into two drug trafficking groups and obtained two indictments through the Department of Justice Southern District of New York against 49 individuals.

The two indictments include charges for the killing of Jose Morales in December 2016, robbery, narcotics, and weapons violations, NBC News reported.

“The law enforcement community in New York struck a blow to violent drug distribution organizations that operate in our city.

49 members of an illicit drug trafficking networlk were rounded up earlier this week in the Bronx, New York

Two organizations allegedly flooded the Mount Hope section of the Bronx with heroin, cocaine, fear, and death,” HSI Special Agent in Charge in New York Angel M. Melendez announced in a statement. “This is another step in our efforts to bring peace and hope to our communities by removing the leadership and rank-and-file members of these organizations, putting an end to their menacing criminal conduct.”

Breitbart Texas cited sources within the office of Acting-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon H. Kim, who said that it is likely that drugs involved in these organizations were likely supplied by Mexican cartels, although no distinct cartels or gangs are identified in the indictments.

Fifteen of the suspects are facing charges for their links with a drug organization that works on East 175th St and Monroe Ave in the Bronx.

Those who were detained on Wednesday appeared before Magistrate Judges Barbara Moses and Henry Pittman.

Three other defendants were already in custody on similar charges. They are expected to be arraigned sometime next week before District Judge William Pauley.

The second of the two drug distribution networks operate in the area of 176th St and Weeks Ave. These defendants appeared before Magistrate Judges Moses and Pittman.

“Dozens of members of two drug distribution organizations have been charged with peddling lethal drugs, Acting-U.S. Attorney Kim stated.

“Many are also charged with violent crimes, including four who allegedly murdered Jose Morales in furtherance of their drug business. All New Yorkers are entitled to the enjoyment of their homes, free from the devastating effects of drugs and the violence that can accompany drug trafficking. Together with our law enforcement partners, we will work to return the neighborhoods of the Bronx to the law-abiding people who live in them.”

Local officials played a significant role in these charges as well. Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said, “Today’s arrests are the latest example of drug dealing that led to violence, including robberies and murder. This type of precision policing is leading to reductions in crime beyond last year’s all-time low. Many thanks to the detectives, agents, and the prosecutors we so often work with and whose diligence resulted in the leveling of these drug trafficking charges today.”

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark filed state charges against some of the defendants

“This case crystallizes how drug-related violence devastates our neighborhoods.  These two groups held the Mount Hope area in the grip of numerous street shootings, including at least one murder. In our fight against heroin and drugs, we must always remain focused on the residents who are victimized by these vicious traffickers,” Clark stated.

DEA Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division James Hunt also noted: “Guns, violence and turf wars plague neighborhoods that dealers have turned into battlefields. Law enforcement has reclaimed Mount Hope by arresting dozens of members of two drug trafficking organizations. DEA Agents working with HSI, NYPD, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and the SDNY U.S. Attorney’s Office dismantled these crews responsible for fueling drug addiction and drug-related violence.”

The defendants face from 10 years to life behind bars if convicted.

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