Bronx Gang Bust May Deter Drug Trafficking in NH
The largest gang bust in Bronx NY history may deter some of the drugs coming into NH. On Thursday, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, and the Drug Enforcement administration announced they arrested 84 gang members on gun, violence, and drug charges.
The gang members come from the gangs Eden Boys, Miami Ave., UGZ, and RGZ who they say would
take cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl from the West Bronx up to New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and sell them there for big profits or trade for ammunition and guns. Authorities say they recovered at least 15 guns and kilos of drugs with the guns coming from New Hampshire.
“They carved a path of destruction from the West Bronx to New England, selling drugs up North for quadruple their street price here, and returning to the Bronx with firearms purchased up there,” Clark said at a press conference.
Franklin Couple Complain About Gun Range
A Prospect Street couple used the public comment section at Franklin’s City Council to raise and file a complaint. The couple who lived on Prospect Street for 16 years said that since the City reauthorized the lease with the private shooting club the Franklin Targeteers in 2013 their lives have been disrupted. They also complained that excessive loud gunfire has made their homes unlivable. Most of those in attendance were members of the Targeteers and Prospect Street homeowners and they did share the concerns.
Several residents said they have heard gunfire but it did not disturb them. Range members stated that the range had been there for 31 years and they have never received a complaint.
Others pointed out that the problem was not with the range or its members but with illegal partying, shooting and setting off fireworks down the street from the range. Members of the Targeteers invited the couple to come to a meeting and discuss their concerns.
New London Passes Budget and Warrant Articles
On Wednesday night, New London voters approved a $7.8 million operating budget and all the articles on the warrant.
Voters approved a $460,000, 10-year bond measure for four large capital projects for closing a sewer lagoon, replacing a red-listed culvert, building a sand and salt shed, and installing a new GIS tax mapping system by a 230-4 ballot vote.
Prior to the meeting Police Chief Ed Anderson was unsure of the Department’s request to establish a K-9 Unit. The article drew some discussion but passed easily. The K-9 Unit is to be funded entirely through grants and donations.