300 Cops Raid N.Y. Town, Arrest Nearly 80 Suspected Gang Members

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From the NY Times:

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Local, state and federal authorities raided dozens of homes here early on Thursday in a major show of force against the Bloods and the Latin Kings street gangs, whose members have wreaked havoc in this small, troubled city along the Hudson River.

More than 300 officers and agents with the F.B.I.; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and the local and state police began gathering before dawn in a former National Guard armory here. By 6 a.m., heavily armed F.B.I. SWAT teams were breaking through doors across the city.

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“Nothing this size has been tried with this many agents in the region,” James Gagliano, the supervisory agent in charge of the region, who has headed the investigation, told the small army of agents as they prepared to roll out.

“Be careful out there,” he added. “No blue on blue.”

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, which has been working closely with the F.B.I. on the investigation, is expected to unveil a pair of federal indictments later Thursday, naming 60 suspected Bloods members and 18 members of the Latin Kings on a range of drug charges. Of those named in the indictment, 34 were already in federal custody, five were picked up Wednesday night and 18 were arrested in the early morning raids, the authorities said.

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