The NYPD’s crackdown on violent crime in the five boroughs continues to be tied to the city’s drill rap community. Twenty suspected gang members have been arrested in the Bronx after being identified using music videos from local drill artists, according to New York Daily News. The investigation, dubbed ‘Operation Drilly’, lasted at least three years and resulted in an 82-count indictment, with charges of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, assault, theft qualified and other violent crimes.
During the search, 18 firearms were recovered and four of the 20 suspects arrested were minors. The suspects are believed to have ties to the G-Side/Drilly gang, a subset of the Bloods’ infamous Sex Money Murder gang, which has been in the Bronx for nearly 30 years.
“The defendants allegedly committed multiple shootings, some in broad daylight, killing two people and injuring innocent bystanders,” Bronx DA Darcel Clark said. “These defendants terrorized residents of the Fordham/Bedford Park neighborhoods who were forced to run for their lives as bullets flew.”
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell also spoke of the success of ‘Operation Drilly’, adding: ‘Today’s sweeping indictment highlights targeted efforts that continue to identify the relatively small percentage of people responsible for much of the crime and trouble in our city. We pledge to continue to dismantle gangs and crews and to work hard to prevent the senseless violence so often associated with their activities.
Earlier this year, Maino, Fivio Foreign and other members of New York’s rap community met with Mayor Eric Adams in a bid to help break down the negative stigma associated with drill music, which has been considered one of the causes of gang violence. the city.
A music video that was cited in the “Operation Drilly” survey is Lee Drilly and E-Wuu’s visual for the song “BET,” which has received over 270,000 views on YouTube so far.