A six-month investigation leads to the largest single takedown of organized crime in the history of the Attorney General's Office. More than 50 suspects have been arrested for their roles in the distribution of illegal drugs. Lori Chung has the details.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announces the arrests and indictments of dozens of suspects people for their roles in the distribution of illegal drugs.
Schneiderman is calling this the largest single takedown of organized crime since the creation of the Organized Crime Task Force. He said the 52 suspected members of the Albany-based gang, "OGK" - Original Gangsta Killas - were arrested after a six-month long investigation.
The indictment contains 261 counts, including various felony charges of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Schneiderman said the gang is responsible for distributing massive quantities of cocaine, heroin and various illegal prescription medications, including Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Percocet. He said the gang supplied drugs throughout much of the eastern part of New York State and into Vermont.
With the investigation over and the indictment handed up, Schneiderman said the streets are safer.
"They're not just drug dealers and gang members shooting each other. There are also innocent folks and law enforcement officers who were also in the line of fire. Shutting this down has made our state safer. This is one of the most violent, vicious, and ambitious criminal enterprises we've ever seen."
Officials said the murder of Robert Gibbs in Albany back in February expedited the investigation. Gibbs was one of the main subjects of Schneiderman's investigation into the drug gang.