Wareham Police Participate in Largest Gang Takedown in Bronx History

Credit: Town of Wareham

WAREHAM – Wareham Police detectives were involved in a large scale New York investigation that resulted in the indictment of 84 alleged gang members, who were charged with drug trafficking and violent crimes.

Police said that the gang members were connected to 22 shootings in the west Bronx and flooded towns in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including Bourne and Wareham, with cocaine, fentanyl and heroin.

The arrests of the gang members is regarded as the largest gang takedown in Bronx history.

“With reckless brutality, these four gangs battled on the streets of the Bronx over drug profits made in New England, or purely for the sake of violence, sometimes trapping innocent bystanders in the crossfire,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.

The defendants are charged with a total of 386 counts including conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to distribute narcotics, attempted murder and weapons charges.

Fifty eight of the alleged gang members are charged as major traffickers, which carries up to life in prison if convicted.

In February 2015, the Strike Force entered the investigation and intelligence indicated that gang members had been frequenting Bourne and Wareham possibly for the purpose of selling narcotics.

In May 2015, investigators determined that the gang had been transporting heroin and cocaine from the Bronx for sale in the area from 2012 until late 2014.

Thirteen members were identified and charged with operating as major traffickers.

Search warrants of the suppliers yielded nine kilograms of cocaine, four kilograms of heroin, two kilograms of Fentanyl, one half kilogram of heroin enhanced with Fentanyl, 12 pounds of cutting agents and manufacturing equipment.

About $260,000 in cash, seven vehicles and 889 grams of crack cocaine also were seized.

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