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Oct 12, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Feds bust 33 gangsters who ran drug ring out of Bronx project

Federal investigators have corralled 33 members of three violent Bronx gangs accused of turning a borough housing project into their private drug distribution hub and keeping the 1,300 families living there in the grip of fear, authorities said Thursday.

Crimes committed by the gangs Young Gunnaz, Killbrook and MBG — short for both “Mill Brook Gangstas” and “Money B—— Guns” — included selling marijuana, heroin and crack along with participating in bank fraud.

The rival crews also committed at least one murder, several shootings and other acts of violence as they sought control of the Mill Brook Houses in Mott Haven, federal officials said.

Gary (Reckless) Davis, a member of Killbrook, was arrested in 2011 for fatally shooting 21-year-old Bolivia Beck at the Mill Brook Houses.

Davis was aiming for the young mother’s boyfriend, who belonged to a rival gang, when he shot her in the head instead, police said at the time.

Davis was a Facebook friend of Beck, police said when they arrested him shortly after her death.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office unsealed three indictments against the gangs on Wednesday, charging their members with racketeering, murder, attempted murder and bank fraud.

Federal authorities swept in and arrested 24 gang members at the Mill Brook Houses Wednesday. Five others, including Davis, were already in state custody on other charges. A handful of others were still being sought Thursday.

“These gangs and crews plagued the Mill Brook Houses for a decade, engaging in violence and selling drugs,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said when announcing the indictments. “One of the victims was Bolivia Beck, a 21-year-old who was shot dead in broad daylight.”

“The defendants will now face justice in federal court,” Kim said.

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said he hopes that, with the arrests, the residents of the Mill Brook Houses “seize the chance at a fresh start to rebuild a safer place to live.”

“The gang members we rounded up in this case, and in many other investigations, seem to not learn the lesson that they cannot act with impunity,” Sweeney said. “These gangs have a significantly negative impact on the neighborhoods where they operate, but we can’t make these arrests in a vacuum.”

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