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November 18, 2018

Queens gang sting leads to 15 gun and drug arrests

May 29, 2018

Fifteen people — most of them known gang members — were busted for guns and drugs in a Queens takedown, police said Thursday.

Fifteen people — most of them known gang members — were busted for guns and drugs in a Queens takedown, police said Thursday.

Cops seized weapons, eight cars that were used to transport narcotics and $80,000 in cash from the Trinitarios, a predominantly Dominican street gang that primarily operates in Jackson Heights and Corona.




Fifteen people, including 11 gang members, were arrested in the bust. (Susan Watts/New York Daily News)

Eleven gang members were arrested as a result of the 20-month investigation known as “Operation Gang Green.”

NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan (rear, center) and Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea (right, at mic) hold press conference at Police Headquarters about gang takedown and weapons bust.
NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan (rear, center) and Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea (right, at mic) hold press conference at Police Headquarters about gang takedown and weapons bust. (Susan Watts/New York Daily News)

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said the takedown was a good illustration of precision policing.

The bust was a collaborative effort.
The bust was a collaborative effort. (Susan Watts/New York Daily News)

“Under 800 shootings last year, and here you have a prime example … of how we’ve gotten there,” he told reporters.

Cops seized weapons, eight cars and $80,000 in cash from the Trinitarios, a predominantly Dominican street gang that primarily operates in Jackson Heights and Corona.
Cops seized weapons, eight cars and $80,000 in cash from the Trinitarios, a predominantly Dominican street gang that primarily operates in Jackson Heights and Corona. (Susan Watts/New York Daily News)

The bust was a collaborative effort between the NYPD, the Queens District Attorney, Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection.

Angel Melendez, the special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in New York City, said his office had been investigating people in Queens who were manufacturing counterfeit documents. His office coordinated with the NYPD, which was already investigating many of the same targets.

In the course of the investigation, officers deployed tactics such as undercover drug buys and wiretapping, officials said.

Shea added that the NYPD has focused on “targeted investigations on offenders driving violence throughout New York City,” he said. “And in this case it’s the Trinitarios gang.”




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