Almost a dozen members and associates of a Brooklyn-based interstate narcotics trafficking organization face federal narcotics and firearms charges -- including two employees of the NYC Department of Education, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Teams of ATF agents and NYPD officers made several arrests of alleged Bully Street Gang members in Brooklyn early Thursday. Other arrests were made in other states.
"These arrests will undoubtedly have a significant impact on public safety,” ATF Special Agent in Charge John B. DeVito said. “These gang members and their associates plagued communities from New York City to Maine, but today, thanks to the diligent work of the ATF/NYPD Joint Firearms Task Force, their criminal exploits have been brought to an end.”
Among those arrested in Brooklyn are two paraprofessionals employed by the DOE -- one who was a member of the drug ring, and another who helped launder proceeds, prosecutors said.
In a statement, the city's Department of Education said that the "alleged misconduct is completely unacceptable and these two employees have been immediately removed without pay pending the outcome of the investigation."
The gang members arrested in New York were scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon.
"As alleged, these defendants trafficked narcotics between Maine and New York, including smuggling dangerous contraband drugs into Rikers Island,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement. “Drug dealers, and those who launder their drug proceeds, destroy lives and communities and, in this case, jeopardized the safety and security of a prison."