In a predawn crackdown on gang violence, federal agents arrested 25 suspects in Broward County on charges of gun- and drug-trafficking after a two-year undercover investigation, authorities said Wednesday.
Most of the defendants are felons with a combined history of more than 400 arrests and 70 convictions, authorities said. All are members of the Doom City and Cypress Boys organizations in the Pompano Beach area.
The defendants were scheduled to have their first appearances in federal court in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday or in the coming days. Four other suspects are still at large.
“The streets are safer and the good people of Pompano Beach can sleep a little easier knowing that these drug dealers and firearms traffickers are off the street,” said Carlos M. Gonzalez, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “Their days of dealing drugs and selling firearms ... are over.”
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Agents with ATF&E, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service made the arrests and conducted searches, along with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation, launched in April of last year, targeted gang members who sold a total of 285 firearms such as semi-automatic rifles to undercover agents. Of the total, 35 were reported stolen, according to ATF&E.
In addition, gang members sold multiple kilos of heroin, cocaine, flakka and marijuana, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. About 500 oxycodone pills were also purchased from them during the operation.