LawFuel.com 25 July 2012 – US Law News Daily – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Wilbert Plummer, Acting Special-Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York (“NYPD”), today announced charges against 25 additional members of a criminal organization based in the Allerton Avenue Co-ops and the Parkside Houses in the Bronx, New York for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Thirty of the 55 defendants charged in the Superseding Indictment, which was unsealed yesterday, were originally charged by complaint in November 2011. The Superseding Indictment also charges 12 of the defendants with possessing, brandishing and discharging firearms in connection with, and in furtherance of, the crack cocaine conspiracy.
Of the 25 new defendants charged yesterday, 11 were taken into custody as part of a coordinated operation involving federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, eight are in state custody on other charges, and six remain at large. All 30 of the defendants previously charged were arrested in November and December 2011, and the majority remain detained. Ten of the defendants in custody were presented in Manhattan federal court yesterday afternoon.