Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has announced Wednesday that 14 alleged members of the "137th Street Crew" gang have been indicted on charges including conspiracy to commit narcotics and weapons offenses. Others are charged with more serious crimes, including attempted murder and firearms possession.
"These defendants are young, they're armed and they have made our streets unsafe for far too long," Vance said, in a press release posted on his Web site. The DA's office also said some of the suspects tried to recruit new members — some of them under the age of 16. Many of the suspects are teenagers themselves.
Twelve of the defendents appeared in court on Wednesday, and have entered not guilty pleas to the charges against them.