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.
Eleven gang members were arrested as a result of the 20-month investigation known as “Operation Gang Green.”
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said the takedown was a good illustration of precision policing.
“Under 800 shootings last year, and here you have a prime example … of how we’ve gotten there,” he told reporters.
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.