BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Police call them one of the most violent gangs in the City of Buffalo. Their name, "The Camp Street Boys," and Tuesday morning, over 200 police officers headed out to take down this gang...once and for all.
SWAT Team, K-9 Units, and police from all over Western New York gathered on Porter Avenue. Their goal was to round up members of a group they believe to be very violent, possibly connected to over a dozen homicides...many of them still unsolved.
Eyewitness News multi-media journalist Ed Reilly and Director Of Content Implementation Scott MacDowell were with police as they headed out at 6am.
Once on location, it was clear that this is serious business.
On Victoria Avenue on the East side of the city, police SWAT Team members quickly apprehended a suspect, while neighbors watched.
The D.E.A. was the lead agency in the raids. They tell Eyewitness News that the Camp Street gang was operating a major drug distribution network, allegedly moving large amounts of cocaine from Ohio to the Buffalo area.
Police had warrants to arrest 17 gang members. As of this posting, 15 are in custody.
The raids hit targets across the area.
In North Buffalo, officers burst into a home on Elmhurst Plaza where a suspect was arrested.
In Sloan, DEA agents working with Buffalo, Cheektowaga, and New York State Police confiscated evidence carried away in a safe while taking a man into custody.
Many of those arrested are now facing charges which carry a ten year minimum jail sentence.
Officials say the goal of the Tuesday raids was to take down the Camp Street Boys so they can not rejuvenate.
Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story.