Ten members of a Bronx-based drug-trafficking gang have been arrested for allegedly shipping thousands of pounds of marijuana valued at $22 million from California to New York, law enforcement sources say.
More than 6,600 pounds of marijuana was sent from California to residences and businesses in Manhattan, the Bronx, and New Rochelle, and was then transferred to stash houses for distribution to customers and dealers, according to prosecutors.
DEA, IRS, U.S. Homeland Security agents and NYPD officers made the arrests and executed a dozen search warrants on Wednesday and Thursday, prosecutors said.
During the searches, agents seized three handguns, a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, cocaine, hundreds of pounds of marijuana, and thousands of dollars in cash, according to prosecutors.
“Yesterday’s arrests were part of 'Operation Green Giant,' a Strike Force investigation targeting an organization allegedly reaping millions off the sale of marijuana in New York City,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt.
Court appearances for the 10 people arrested will occur Thursday and early next week, prosecutors said.
The accused gang members face life in prison if convicted of federal drug charges.