Numerous violent gang members and criminals have been indicted in Queens according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, who recently announced the indictment of 18 members and associates of a gang known as “Pop On Site” (POS) by a Queens County grand jury. The gang – which is also known as “Fully Loaded Outta Control Crips” (FLOCC) and “Young Flocc Boys” (YFB) – were charged with counts of conspiring to murder and assault rival street gang members as well as to acquire firearms in order to control a section of Rockaway, which the gang considers its territory. The grand jury also indicted the 18 members on charges with respect to seeking revenge for a shooting of its members.
The 90-count indictment is a response to the area’s increased gang-related violence. POS has been accused of perpetuating a “war zone” on the Rockaway streets between 2014 and 2015. Collaboration between police and prosecutors helped obtain the grand jury indictment. It also was a big step in working to reduce and eliminate gang violence that threatens the area. The POS members indicted range from ages 16 to 22. Their territory of operation is confined mostly to the NYPD’s 100th district.
The indictment comes on the heels of a long-term collaborative investigation. Investigators used various different techniques to monitor and gather evidence regarding the gang members’ activities and conversations. Gang members are alleged to have openly discussed their illegal activities over the phone and via social media posts. The gang members attempted to better disguise their conversations by using a series of coded language and phrases. Additionally, POS members sought to keep its members in jail informed of news, events, and even acts of violence.
Investigators were obviously able to decipher the coded communication between members. After pouring over thousands of conversations, prosecutors were able to piece together sufficient information that would ultimately lead to the 90-count indictment.
The indictment does not mean that the members are guilty or will serve any jail time. Each of those charged will continue to be considered innocent until proven guilty. The indictment allows for the prosecutor to officially bring charges against the 18 members for some or all of the counts and charges included in the indictment. The charged members will have a legal right to representation and criminal defense.
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