Nearly two dozen nabbed in gang bust

January 29, 2009 3:18:52 PM PST
Police in New Jersey say they have put some of Newark's most dangerous criminals behind bars. The arrests were part of a gang sweep Thursday morning at several locations.Authorities say Nafee Wilson is just of one of the nearly two dozen alleged members of a notorious set of the Bloods gang taken into custody.

A barbershop called "The Hood" was the alleged base of the operation, though the owner adamantly disagrees.

Prosecutors say the ring leaders, all in their mid-30s, are considered to be upper-level dealers distributing several hundred grams of cocaine and a 100 bricks of heroin each week in an area were residents fear for their safety.

Authorities say the bust, which involved local, state and federal agencies, will put a dent in gang activity.

Officials say that since beefing up gang crackdowns last year, crime has been coming down all over the state.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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