Dozens of gang members from New England were pulled into custody early this morning in a massive sweep that cleared weapons, drugs and dangerous criminals off the streets, according to state and federal authorities.
“This is the culmination of a 14-month investigation that targeted high-ranking members and associates of several gangs - most in Boston, but as far-reaching as New Hampshire and Rhode island,” U.S Attorney Carmen Ortiz said this morning at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse.
Members of the massive 18th Street Gang, the East Side Money Gang and the Boylston Gang were arrested in an early morning campaign that saw 400 state, federal and local law enforcement officers bring down 40 gang associates, according to authorities. One gang member was arrested this afternoon, and three others members were already in custody before this morning’s raid, according to authorities.
The suspects face a variety of state and federal charges, including federal RICO conspiracy charges stemming from an attempted murder, according to prosecutors. They stand accused of running a huge network that pumped guns and drugs throughout eastern Massachusetts.
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There are 22 accused gang members who are fugitives from justice, but that number is expected to change as law enforcement tracks them down, according Ortiz’s office. The gangs involved in the bust hail from Chelsea, Brockton, Malden, East Boston, Revere and Everett, according to authorities.
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Throughout the course of the investigation, more than 70 guns were taken off the street, authorities said. Many of the weapons had their serial numbers removed, according to law enforcement officers.
Feds: Dozens of gang suspects swept up in RICO raids today