A yearlong investigation into gang activity in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn has led to the arrest of 35 alleged gang members, acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced Tuesday.
Among the charges are distributing narcotics, financial crimes, burglaries and weapons possession.
“By targeting known gang members responsible for violence in our streets, we have exposed and interrupted a number of interconnected criminal enterprises, from drug dealing to credit card forgeries,” Gonzalez said in a statement.
The investigation began in fall 2015. The 35 defendants, who were arraigned last week and Monday, have ties to the Hoodstarz gang and related crews that include Folk Nation and 823 Crips, Gonzalez said.
“For those from Brownsville, this is the end of Hoodstarz's violence, identity theft, bogus rental cars and drug dealing that permeated the streets,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said.