Cops cuffed 27 drug dealers and gang members, many of them from the Wave crew, who peddled narcotics around several Brooklyn housing developments, the NYPD said Thursday.
The takedown followed a six-month investigation focused on people selling heroin, crack cocaine and oxycodone around the Seth Low Houses, Glenmore Plaza and the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville.
The majority of those arrested have prior felonies -- including two for murder, and half for gun possession, police said.
“You’re looking at the front lines of precision policing right here,” Chief of Detectives Dermont Shea told reporters Thursday.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea (at podium) announces three Brooklyn gang takedowns at Police Headquarters on Thursday, June 7, 2018.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea (at podium) announces three Brooklyn gang takedowns at Police Headquarters on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Jefferson Siegel / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“This narcotics takedown underscores the commitment of the NYPD and my office to improving the quality of life and the safety of the hardworking residents of public housing,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “We are determined to keep the scourge of drug dealing, and the violence that often accompanies it, out of our communities.”
Most of the defendants were arraigned Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court, authorities said.
“The NYPD’s efforts to rid New York City of illegal narcotics and the violence associated with drug trafficking will not end,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
“I commend everyone involved in this case, particularly our investigators and the skilled staff of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, who – in close partnership – continue to focus intently on anyone engaging in such behavior.”
Authorities also discussed two cases the Daily News reported Thursday -- a takedown of 15 members of the Boss crew who allegedly sold crack cocaine and heroin in Bedford-Stuyvesant