The NYPD and attorney general have rounded up 10 alleged members of the Bloods gang, accused of running guns from two Bronx apartments, and bringing the weapons into New York City on a Metro North Train.
The 367-count felony indictment was unsealed in Bronx Supreme Court on Wednesday, and 93 guns purchased by undercover detectives were recovered during the operation.
Authorities began monitoring the group last summer after William “Redrum” Soler, who also goes by “Wobbles,” allegedly sold a gun to an undercover detective. The investigation found the men were sending text messages with pictures and information on the guns for sale, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, as well as negotiating the price of the weapons, which ranged from .22 caliber guns to assault weapons.
The 10 alleged gang members charged range from 20 to 35 years in age, with street names such as “Agony” and “T-Bone.” Charges include felony conspiracy, criminal possession and criminal sale of firearms.
Soler, the apparent kingpin, was also charged with conspiracy in the second-degree for allegedly trying to kill a rival gang member, according to the attorney general’s office.
The guns, which were bought on streets in the city, Port Chester, Maine and Connecticut, were re-sold for several times than their original price, according to the attorney general’s office.
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“These allegations lay out a disturbing, but all too familiar pattern of multistate gun trafficking and violence, with New York State in the crosshairs,” Schneiderman said in a statement.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement the NYPD will continue to work with the attorney general’s office to go after gun runners.