Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. with New Rochelle Police Commissioner Joseph F. Schaller, announced at a press conference, two multicount indictments of 18 individuals, as part of a yearlong investigation into violence and narcotics trafficking in the City of New Rochelle, dubbed “Operation: Crip Keeper.”
A Westchester County Grand Jury handed up a 50-count indictment against 14 members of the “8 Trey Crips” or “E.T.C,” a street gang operating in New Rochelle. The indictment, unsealed Tuesday before Westchester County Court Judge George Fufidio, included charges of conspiracy, attempted murder, robbery, burglary and a number of narcotics-related offenses.
A second related 18-count indictment, also unsealed, charged five individuals in connection with a conspiracy to possess and sell cocaine. One of them was also charged in the “8 Trey Crips” indictment.
The District Attorney’s Gang, Firearms and Narcotics Bureau has been working closely with New Rochelle Police to focus resources on members of this gang to stop violence, illegal weapons possession and the spread of illegal narcotics in the lower county.
Law enforcement officers, including New Rochelle Police, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office Investigators, the Westchester County Police, the Westchester County Department of Probation, the Yonkers Police Department and the Mount Vernon Police Department with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, arrested 16 of the 18 defendants. Two are still being sought by police. Most have been arraigned. Five of the defendants were incarcerated on prior charges.
Throughout the course of this investigation police recovered five handguns, a stun gun, and an assault rifle.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said: “We value our safe quality of life here in Westchester and as long as there are gangs pushing cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and other narcotics, and creating violent enterprises to protect their territory, that safety is in jeopardy. The arrests in New Rochelle, and earlier arrests in other communities, show we are committed to putting an end to gang control and violence and, just as importantly, to stopping the insidious sale of drugs which, all too frequently, cause death.”
New Rochelle Police Commissioner Joseph F. Schaller said: “Our focus is to keep New Rochelle safe and to rid our streets of gangs like the “8 trey Crips.” The New Rochelle Police Department thanks its law enforcement partners for their assistance both in the investigation and in the execution of warrants and arrests yesterday morning. With their help “Operation: Crip Keeper’ can be called a success.
Westchester County Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas A. Gleason said: “I commend all the agencies involved for working together effectively to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. Teamwork and interagency cooperation continues to be a critical way that we keep Westchester safe and remove illegal narcotics and those who sell them from our streets.”