Rick Ross and Meek Mill Lyrics Lead to Police Bust of More Than 60 Harlem Gang Members
A group of Harlem gangsters were arrested when they boasted about their illegal activities on social media networks. Some of their comments were lyrics to songs from Rick Ross and Meek Mill.
According to an indictment released earlier today, members of Air It Out, True Money, Whoaday and the True Money Bosses took to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to coordinate their moves.
“God forgives I don’t … somebody gotta die,” one alleged member of the gang “Air It Out.”
“I’m 2 Glocks strapped, rolling down 112th Madison, 116 this is the New Iraq,” boasted another alleged AIO member.
“I’ll give u $300 if u clap a Trill or Whoadey before October,” another alleged Air It Out gangster said.
The gang members were charged with numerous assaults, three murders, 30 shooting accounts, gun possession and trafficking. Charges range from felony conspiracy to murder in the first degree, to fourth degree criminal weapon possession.
“Today’s indictments chronicle a bloody gang war that claimed the lives of at least three teenagers, led to the shooting of dozens of individuals and put bounties on people’s heads,”said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. “Since October 2009, 68 shootings have occurred in the swatch of East Harlem that these gangs all call home. Forced to live among this senseless violence is the silent majority–innocent families who live in fear of getting shot while trying to go about their daily lives. Today’s cases are a part of my Office’s ongoing efforts, working with the NYPD, to strategically target areas that claim a highly disproportionate share of violence in Manhattan.”
He continued, “There is a lot of social networking and investigation using the Internet that all of us use now in law enforcement. The Internet is our 21st Century crime scene.”