Brooklyn DA: 19 people face weapons, bank larceny charges
Nineteen people were charged after a long-term investigation revealed their alleged connection to a string of crimes.
Investigators told News 12 Brooklyn that the group of men and women are accused of transporting guns from South Carolina to Brooklyn, and attempted to steal $60,000 from the accounts of several well-known banks.
The alleged criminals face charges that include gun trafficking, possession of weapons and bank larceny.
Police Commissioner James O'Neil also told News 12 that the 15-month investigation uncovered widespread gang allegiances.
According to Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, evidence leading up to the charges depended on phone records and tracking systems.
"It's been a slow process. A lot of the detectives have done tremendous work," says Gonzalez.
He also told News 12 that the defendants could face sentences ranging from seven to 25 years.
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office says it plans to continue targeting gang activity in Brooklyn.