Fourteen people are facing several federal weapon, drug and robbery charges in Yonkers and Bronx, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced on Tuesday.
The indictment charges 14 defendants with participation in narcotics and firearms offenses in Bronx and Yonkers, charges four of these defendants with participating in robberies of commercial establishments in the Bronx and Manhattan and three of these defendants for participating in firearms trafficking.
“As alleged, the defendants arrested today plagued Bronx and Yonkers with drug dealing, guns and commercial robberies,” Bharara, the federal prosecutor for New York’s Southern District, said in a statement. “Thanks to the outstanding and cooperative efforts of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives), NYPD, and DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration), the defendants’ rash of alleged crimes has been brought to an end.”
According to the indictment, seven of the 14 defendants were part of a narcotics conspiracy that included Bronx and Yonkers. Charges included conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine from about 2011 up to about early 2017. Four of these defendants were also charged with using, carrying and possessing firearms during the narcotics conspiracy.