Violent Southwest Philadelphia Drug Gang Taken Down

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Authorities say they have dismantled a violent drug gang that marked its territory in the Bartram Village housing development of Southwest Philadelphia and ruled it with an iron fist — a fist often holding a gun.

The grand jury has indicted 17 people, identifying 12 of the 17 as gunmen for the drug organization that variously called itself the “Harlem Boys,” “Young Hit Men,” and “54.”

They are charged with numerous shootings. First assistant US attorney Louis Lappen says their victims included other drug dealers who threatened their operation:

“The Harlem Boy also brought their violence to innocent victims, people who just went into the area to visit friends or engage in other innocent activities.  Harlem Boys robbed (and) carjacked at gunpoint those people.”

Victims were shot, but none fatally in the cases charged in this indictment.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio.

  • The Bobster

    Can we just dump these rockfish into the Delaware River?

  • Clean up Philly

    Plus, Bartram’s Garden Housing Development is a PHA property. The Philadelphia Housing Authority has a police force, where are they? PHA pays no property taxes on the properties they own in their name.

    That’s not working.

    Every landlord has to pay their fair share towards the cost of police, courts, jail, social services, etc.

    The city and the state can’t afford to have PHA be the largest landlord in the STATE yet pay Philly ZERO in property taxes. Everyone these days must pay their fair share.

  • Clean up Philly

    Also Philly has public bail, which like public housing, is widely abused. Private bail bonders need to write local bail, and the city government needs to get out of the business of letting people bail right out and never show for court.

    I thought the First Judicial District and Castille were working on this issue? What happened?

  • Clean up Philly

    PA does need more prison space. We can’t fit the criminals to the dated prison space we have. We have to fit the prison space to the criminals. Letting people loose with easy parole/probation is not working.

  • John

    These diseases need to be executed by firing squads,more space in prison, problem solved

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