Dozens of members of a notorious Boston-based gang are facing charges after a sweeping investigation involving, federal, state and local authorities.
U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling on Tuesday announced charges against 32 members of the Boston-based "NOB" gang, including violent crimes in aid of racketeering and drug trafficking.
NOB refers to Norton, Onley and Barry streets in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. Lelling said NOB was associated with the longstanding Wendover gang.
According to charging documents, the alleged NOB members are accused of participating in shooting incidents, beatings, robberies, drug dealing and prostitution. Authorities say they have been involved with feuds with other gangs for years.
"Operations like these have a direct and beneficial effect on the neighborhoods of our city, in which these gangs sell drugs and shoot each other on a regular basis," Lelling said.
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Boston Police Chief William Gross added that it was a "great day," saying the gang had been "terrorizing the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Roxbury, and the Commonwealth and outside" for almost three decades.
Lelling said gang members have brazenly threatened rivals on social media.
Lelling said arrests were made in operations around the state Tuesday. Six of those charged remain fugitives on federal warrants.
The investigation was carried out by local police departments such as those from Boston, Randolph, Stoughton, Quincy and New Bedford, in cooperation with the FBI and state police.
As part of the investigation, search warrants were executed in Boston, Attleboro, Fall River, Weymouth, Brockton, Everett and Providence, Rhode Island.
Over 25 weapons were seized during operations, including an AK-47, Lelling said.