137th Street Crew

Press Release

In February 2011, 14 members of a young gun and drug crew were indicted for crack cocaine and terrorizing the area around 137th Street in Harlem. The 137th Street Crew, armed with semi-automatic handguns, conducts its illicit narcotics trafficking business near the Abyssinian Baptist Church. They used violence, including shootings, beatings and robberies, to protect their narcotics trafficking business and enhance their turf. On November 29, 2011, five members of the Crew were sentenced to significant jail time after being convicted by a jury on conspiracy, drugs- and guns-related charges. The remaining defendants have pleaded guilty.