20 charged in Newburgh gang crackdown

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NEWBURGH -

Nearly two dozen people have been charged after a gang crackdown in Newburgh.

A 22-page federal indictment claims the gang sold heroin and crack-cocaine and had a stronghold along South Street and intersecting neighborhoods.

At least one alleged member has been tied to an attempted murder - others for violent crimes and robberies.

Authorities say the group ran the streets for years. They say alleged members carried out crimes going back to 2014.

One of the men arrested, Calvin Lembhard, is the brother of two other notorious Lembhards in the city. Michael Lembhard was killed during an altercation with police in 2012 and Gosford Lembhard was taken down later that year by police after a 10-hour standoff for attempted murder.

Mayor Judy Kennedy says the latest arrests are proof authorities wont stop until the violence does.

The alleged gang members are charged with multiple felonies carrying sentences ranging from 10 years to life behind bars.

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