Twenty-seven alleged Boston gang members charged after morning raids

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 24, 2016 11:20 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said that 27 alleged Boston gang members face drug and gun charges on Thursday following a morning series of raids and arrests focused on a housing development in a southern part of the city.

The arrests followed a 15-month investigation into the alleged Lenox Street Cardinals gang, which prosecutors contend traffic guns and drugs through Boston neighborhoods.

"Through their sale of weapons and drugs, these defendants bring violence, fear and intimidation to a community in the heart of this city," said Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney in Boston, in a statement. "Lenox Street's residents, surrounded by illegal activity and the violence that accompanies it, are made to feel like prisoners in their own homes."

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)