Saturday, April 23, 2011
"Treyside Bloods" Cops Apprehend 28 In Big Bx. Drug Bust (Friday, November 11, 2005)
Undercover cops and prosecutors busted 28 alleged members of the "Treyside Bloods" and charged them with peddling crack, heroin and marijuana at the Diego-Beekman Houses for at least a year.
"The entire operation - from the boss to street dealers - was removed in one day," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
The dealers - who wore belt buckles emblazed "Treyside" - allegedly took their orders from Dwayne (Dime) Thompson, 31, who ordered them to use violence to rule their Mott Haven turf.
The gangbangers have been linked to a double shooting and a stabbing, said NYPD Capt. Rick Miller, commander of the Bronx gang squad.
Cops began investigating the gang after a spate of shootings in the summer of 2004. Using wiretaps and video surveillance, detectives made more than 30 drug buys before the raids Tuesday night.
The suspects were arraigned Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to sell drugs and other crimes, authorities said.
"Maybe now the block will be settled," said a Bronx mother of two who was too afraid to give her name. "You can only hope."
The Diego-Beekman Houses have been plagued by drugs for years. In 1996, cops busted drug gangs that were doing $100,000 a day in business.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, the complex was overrun by the Wild Cowboys - a brutal drug gang that peddled crack in Washington Heights and the South Bronx.