New York police have arrested 10 members of the Bronx gang called “280.” Among those taken into custody were Diamond “Bo Gotti” Brown and his two top lieutenants, 21-year old Jesus “Juice Bambino” Perez and Guess “Guess Loc” Carter, also 21.
Police say the gang was involved in a turf war with other gangs, including “6 Wild,” “WTG,’ and “Dub City.” Brown allegedly instructed other members of his gang to carry out hits.
The police were tipped off to the gang’s activities by postings of pictures of cash, vehicles and messages to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The investigation dubbed, “Operation Crew Cut,” has been ongoing for a year and a half. Brown was shot at least three times by rivals between October 2012 and June 2013.
“IT REALLY COST TO BE THE BOSS,” he wrote on Facebook after the latest shooting.
“Today’s indictments are the culmination of a much larger investigation into four of the city’s most violent street crews, who since 2011 were responsible for murders, shootings, gun trafficking and narcotic distribution throughout the communities of the Bronx,” police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement.
The gang members were charged with weapons possession, assault, conspiracy to commit murder and narcotics possession.
Diamond “Bo Gotti” Brown and Jesus “Juice Bambino” Perez
“Reckless, wanton shootings detailed in the indictment forced innocent bystanders to take cover and neighborhoods to conduct daily business in great fear for their safety and security,” Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said in a statement. “Targeting drug gangs involved in violence has significantly diminished shootings in these neighborhoods.”
Brown demanded payments from members of his crew to help pay for protection and weapons.
“YU GOTTA AT LEAST PUT IN MONEY 4 dhat set severy chance yu get…cause dhis beef sh*t aint cheap. im supplyin dha hood soo wee can stay on dha map,” he texted to one of the gang members.
During a court appearance on Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court, Brown had to be pepper sprayed after a confrontation with court officers.All of the “280” crew are being held on bail in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sources: New York Daily News and Gothamist