Affiliates of the Bloods were allegedly running the Jackson and Melrose Projects in The Bronx, leading to dozens of shootings and about 20 unsolved murders. So the feds stepped in.
As the gangsters were selling heroin and crack, the DEA and ATF were engaged to work with local police in a series of undercover drug buys, wiretaps, and lightning raids under the old-fashioned name “Operation Rotten Apple.”
In their sweep they caught four guns, about $18,000 cash, 1000 bags of dope, and 40 alleged Bloods associates, 37 of them bright and early this morning; 13 other defendants are still being sought for a grand total of 53.
Indictments were unsealed today on Johnnie Weaver, Tyrone Barnes, Ronny Gonzalez, Flor Forte, Makell Cruz, and Jason Horsford, for various crimes including assault and weapons and drug possession. No murder indictments have been revealed yet.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 4, 2009