What to Know
- Alleged members of a violent Bronx-based gang were arrested early Wednesday on federal narcotics and firearms charges, official say
- The gang, known as the MacBallas, allegedly operated in the Bronx dealing heroin and crack cocaine and committing acts of violence
- The gang members arrested will appear in federal court in Manhattan sometime Wednesday, officials say
Alleged members of a violent Bronx-based gang were arrested early Wednesday on federal narcotics, racketeering, robbery and firearms charges, law enforcement officials say.
The gang, known as the MacBallas, allegedly operated in and around the Andrew Jackson and Melrose Houses in the Bronx dealing heroin and crack cocaine and committing robberies and other acts of violence, including the 2011 murder of Daniel Delgado, officials say.
A total of 20 members and associates of the MacBallas street gand were charged with racketeering, narcotics, robbery and fireams offenses, authorities say, adding that a total of 12 individuals were taken into custody Wednesday. Three other people were already in federal custody and three others were already in state custody.
Additionally, two of the alleged members were charged with the 2011 murder of Daniel Delgado, which according to authorities, took place in order to increase their status in the MacBallas gang.
The alleged gang members arrested were brought to the 49th Precinct in the Bronx for processing after their arrests by the DEA and NYPD.
The gang members arrested are scheduled to appear in federal court in Manhattan Wednesday, officials say.
It is not immediately clear if any of the arrested have retained an attorney to comment on charges.