More than two dozen people are under arrest in what police are calling a major gang takedown in the Bronx.
Officials said 25 members of the "Hooly Gang" were arrested early Wednesday morning in the NYPD's first gang takedown of 2018. It was a joint effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The gang is linked to four murders and narcotics and drug trafficking in the Longwood section of the Bronx, officials said.
The United States Attorney's office said all the activity happened in a residential neighborhood in the neighborhood, spanning across two playgrounds and operating mostly near Fox St. and Leggett Ave.
The defendants were charged with narcotics trafficking and conspiracy in Manhattan Federal Court.
If convicted, they face a minimum of ten years in prison.
The NYPD arrested more than 2,000 suspected gang members in 2017 in 250 gang takedowns.
Many of the arrests were made using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO.
The act extended criminal penalties for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.