ALBANY, N.Y. - Police in Albany have arrested dozens of reputed, violent gang members in the latest crack-down on drug-related criminal activity in the city.
Tuesday morning's arrests aimed at crippling gang activity in the Albany's South End, including drug trafficking. The operation code-named "OGK," arrested 52 gang members who are part of the violent street-gang "Original Gangster Killas" (OGK) or another street gang "Bloods".
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the 261 count indictment alleges the 52 members of a violent narcotics network were distributing massive quantities of cocaine, heroin and various illegal prescription medications, including Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Percocet from New York City, throughout the Capital Region, as well as Greene, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Ulster and Warren Counties in New York, in addition to the State of Vermont.
The members were taken into custody Tuesday after the six-month investigation led by the New York State Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force, the Albany Police Department and the New York State Police.
Those arrested were both men and women between the ages of 20-years-old and 53-years-old and face felony charges such as Criminal Sale, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Conspiracy from Schneiderman.
Five of the defendants, 37-year-old Anthony Lugo, 34-year-old Mario Perez, 34-year-old Guy Anderson, 26-year-old Michael Williams and 32-year-old Haneef Washington, are also charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, which carries the potential of a life sentence.
The investigation surrounded the murder of 25-year-old Richard Gibbs, who was killed in the South End of Albany by a rival gang. Investigators were informed about retaliation over this murder via authorized wiretaps, allowing investigators to intercept the gun that was to be used.
In September 2010, then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that 41 members and associates of the Bloods street gang from the Albany area and downstate were charged with a series of drug-related crimes.
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