NEW YORK — More than 120 members and associates of two rival gangs operating in the Bronx were indicted in federal court Thursday on charges of racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, narcotics distribution, and firearms offenses.
The arrests and indictments follow a year-long investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Members and associates of street gangs 2Fly YGz (2Fly) and the Big Money Bosses (BMB) allegedly led years-long gang wars which resulted in an enormous amount of fatal and non-fatal violence between 2007 and the present in the Northern Bronx, including shootings, stabbings, slashings, beatings, and robberies.
[ICE HSI Leads The Largest Street Gang Take-Down In New York City History, Press Release, ICE.gov, April 28, 2016]
While drug trafficking is within the jurisdiction of ICE SVU, its jurisdiction is limited to that drug trafficking directly attributable to the actual transit of controlled substances entering the United States. The DEA has primary jurisdiction over drug trafficking in all cases, except those encountered at the border. Once controlled substances have entered and are not immediately being tracked by ICE SVU, its within the jurisdiction of the DEA.
Worse though, the ICE SVU press release doesn't mention drugs, except to quote the DEA Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC). The ICE SVU SAC, Angel M. Melendez, trumpets many crimes that the gangbangers were arrested for, but none of the offenses were of concern to ICE SVU, within its legal jurisdiction, or of any Federal interest.
HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez said: “Those arrested today allegedly used violence and fear to intimidate people who live within and around the Eastchester Gardens Public Housing. These ruthless gang members are allegedly responsible for more than 1,800 shots fired, resulting in eight alleged homicides. Public safety is important to us, and today our city streets are safer because of the work of HSI agents in our Violent Gang Unit and the work of our federal and local law enforcement partners.”
All the crimes mentioned are crimes that the NYPD should be dealing with. Shootings and homicides in public housing are not a concern to ICE SVU, especially given the 535,000 illegal aliens in NYC alone, and 100,000 more in the State of New York. More importantly there are many major illegal alien gangs and Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) in NYC, mostly dominated by Mexican cartels and Domican DTCs, whom the DEA are fighting, but ICE SVU is ignoring.
One would think that ICE SVU's Violent Gang Unit would be targeting violent illegal aliens in gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), but whom are apparently untouchable by ICE SVU, free to rape and murder. But instead, Melendez and ICE SVU are targeting Black American criminals, letting his fellow Hispanic gang members roam free, untroubled by ICE SVU Violent Gang Unit. Which appears to be the problem, Hispanic Angel Melendez is concerned about black crime, but unconcerned about Hispanic illegal alien crime.
MS-13 Gang Members Not A Concern To Angel Melendez
Black American Gangbangers Of Great Concern To ICE SVU Hispanic Angel Melendez
You should call Special Agent-in-Charge Melendez and ask him why, he can be reached here:
601 W. 26th Street 7th Floor
New York, NY, 10001
Phone: (646) 230-3200