Ah, the old neighborhood. Wonder what’s happening back there now?
Well, at the behest of the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the FBI recently deployed helicopters and SWAT teams to nab 58 members of the Bloods and Latin Kings on racketeering, conspiracy, and drug charges.
The indictment described the gangs like a machine pushing cocaine, marijuana, and heroin from the Bronx into New York’s northern suburbs.
Street gangs! Phone taps! Hidden cameras! Just like The Wire! My old hood!
The authorities were particularly pleased they had grabbed some of the real movers and shakers. Because these kingpins could be facing decades in federal prison, officials are hoping they would be willing to cooperate and help solve an assortment of cold cases including numerous homicides.
See, the drug crime isn’t really the priority. It’s the stabbings and the shootings and the bloodshed. Of course, the gangs are always going to beef on each other, but the level of violence against citizens is on the precipitous rise.
It’s not safe to go outside. Not to walk to school. Not to hang at the diner. Not anywhere at night.
Jimmy, Bunk, Kima, Omar! Forget Baltimore. You’re gonna love New York.
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