The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara announced yesterday two separate Indictments charging a total of 120 members and associates of 2Fly Ygz, aka 2Fly and Big Money Bosses, aka BMB, rival street gangs operating in the Bronx. United States v. Laquan Parrish et al., S1 16 Cr. 212 (LAK) (the “Parrish Indictment”), and United States v. Nico Burrell et al., S2 15 Cr. 95 (AJN) (the “Burrell Indictment”); were unsealed yesterday in Manhattan federal court, along with other publicly filed documents. The Indictments charged the gang members with racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, narcotics distribution, and firearms offenses.
The charges and indictments arose from a joint investigation by the NYPD’s Bronx Gang Squad, HSI’s Violent Gang Unit, the New York Field Division of the DEA, and the ATF’s Joint Firearms Task Force into the years-long gang war between 2Fly and BMB. During the course of the investigation court-authorized search warrants were executed at four locations that had ties to the defendants. To date during the arrests and searches, agents and officers seized, among other evidence, seven guns, ammunition, scalpels, and knives, along with quantities of marijuana, crack, cocaine, oxycodone, drug paraphernalia and counterfeit currency. Also during the investigation, agents and officers intercepted thousands of wiretap calls, during many of which various members and associates of the gangs discussed their racketeering and narcotics activities.
According to the indictments gang activities between 2007 to the present time has caused fatal and non-fatal violence in the Northern Bronx, including shootings, stabbings, slashings, beatings, murder and robberies. Gang members had no trouble terrorizing the communities that they lived in, engaging in open-air drug sales and using neighborhood parks, abandoned houses, and playgrounds to hid their weapons and drugs. HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez stated that ruthless gang members are allegedly responsible for more than 1,800 shots fired, resulting in eight alleged homicides. ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Delano Reid added that this should be a lesson to others who are engaged in these types of illegal activities.