Nearly a dozen leaders of a notorious Bronx gang who built a pile of cash and drugs by ripping off homes and robbing drug dealers were behind bars on Thursday, officials said.
Investigators with the Special Narcotics Gang Prosecution Unit, the NYPD and the Bronx District Attorney found that 11 kingpins with the gang 6 Wild organized dozens of armed robberies over the last two years aimed at cocaine and heroin dealers in Morrisania, officials said.
"This group carried out vicious assaults, robberies and drug dealing," said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan. "Each and every activity they were involved in threatened the safety of the people in their community."
Prosecutors unsealed a 58-count indictment against the gangbangers, charging them with a slew of crimes that include conspiracy to commit attempted murder, robbery and assault.
Authorities said that the crew undefined which stole as much as three kilos of cocaine in one heist undefined also violently attacked innocent people in at least three robberies.
A trio of gangbangers undefined Jameekga (Fresh) Joseph, 23, Dashawn (Weezy) Hill, 22, and Lionel (Jaba) Johnson, 20 undefined allegedly beat the brother of a drug dealer unconscious with a frying pan Feb. 7, 2012, authorities said.
The three men burst into his home and put a gun to the man's head, demanding cash and drugs undefined but nothing was found in the house, officials said.
After they pummeled the man, the crew grabbed a stash of jewelry, clothes and money before they ran away, officials said.
In most of the home invasion robberies, the gang enlisted young girls and boys to run guns and get close to their targets so they could gather information on stash spots and the best time to attack, officials said.
"The 6 Wild crew thought that by using young women, juvenile boys and stashed guns they would evade police," said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly. "They were wrong."
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The ruthless crew also caused at least a dozen bloody confrontations with rival gang members on the street leading to several shootings, according to the probe.
Gang members even bragged about their earnings on social media by using code words like "Grip," "Glocc," "Tool" and "Bike" for a firearm, and "Krills," "Yams" and "Grizz" for drugs, authorities said.
One gang member, Branden Cullins, posted a picture to his Facebook account showing the word "Wild" spelled out in cash, officials said.
Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said the takedown will help the neighborhood feel a little safer.
"Our office has had many dealings with the decent, hard-working residents of Morrisania," Johnson said. "Their message to us has always been a loud and clear desire for crime-free streets. We will never give up the effort to provide them with the quality of life they deserve."