Gang Members Arrested In East Harlem Raid

harlem gang1Thirty people were arrested in a major gang take down targeting East Harlem housing projects Tuesday morning.The suspects were arrested as part of a joint NYPD/FBI operation at the East River Houses.

Suspects were brought out by New York City Police Department officers and federal agents just after 5 a.m.

The suspects are all accused of being involved in narcotics and firearms dealing.

They will be arraigned later Tuesday before a federal judge in Lower Manhattan.

The arrests are the culmination of an investigation ongoing for several years, targeting the East River houses and other city run projects.

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The neighborhood has seen a recent spike in gang activity and shootings, most recently the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Chico Tavarez outside the Jefferson Houses. Law enforcement is aware of an ongoing dispute between members of the Jefferson Houses and nearby Wagner Houses, both city-run housing complexes.

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