5 Members of 2 Bronx Crack Gangs Arrested in Murder
The Manhattan US Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of three members of these crews for the 2009 murder of Derrick Moore.
A total of five members of both crews were charged with racketeering and narcotics offenses.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said: “As alleged in the superseding indictment, members of the Taylor Avenue and Creston Avenue Crews wreaked havoc on the streets of New York.
“On August 2, 2009, that violence resulted in the murder of Derrick Moore. He was 22 years old. Today, thanks to the dedication and perseverance of the NYPD, the DEA, and HSI, the defendants face charges for their alleged crimes,” Berman said.
According to the allegations contained in the indictment and statements made in court:
The Taylor Avenue Crew was a criminal enterprise that operated principally in and around Taylor Avenue in the Bronx, New York, from at least 2007 up to and including 2015.
Members of the Taylor Avenue Crew sold crack cocaine and committed acts of violence in that area.
The Creston Avenue Crew was a criminal enterprise that operated principally in and around Creston Avenue in the Bronx, New York, from at least 2003 up to and including 2011.
Members of the Creston Avenue Crew sold cocaine and marijuana, and committed acts of violence, in that area.
Members of the Taylor and Creston Avenue Crews associated with each other and assisted each other by, among other things, carrying out acts of violence on each other’s behalf upon request by the leaders of the respective crews.
One such act of violence was the murder of Derrick Moore on August 2, 2009.
This murder was committed by Creston Avenue Crew members RAFAEL REYES and LUIS ORTIZ to assist Taylor Avenue Crew member STEVEN BROWN.
HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez said: “The members of these two crews are alleged to have been involved in a slew of illegal activity ranging from drug trafficking to committing murder.
“We have seen the violence of street gangs bleed out into our communities, pushing their deadly drugs and committing violent acts. Strong collaborative efforts and information sharing are the foundation for law enforcement in New York to be more effective in ridding the streets of these alleged criminals,” Melendez said.
DEA Special Agent-In-Charge James J. Hunt said: “This investigation linked a brutal crime to members of a drug gang, which exemplifies the relationship between drug trafficking and violence. I commend our law enforcement partners on their hard work and collaboration.”