Murder charges, 15 defendants added to federal case against Latin Kings gang in NY

Associated Press |  February 10, 2011

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.  — Federal prosecutors added murder and racketeering charges Thursday to a wide-ranging indictment aimed at gutting the local influence of the Latin Kings gang.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said he believed it was the first time the racketeering laws, often used against organized crime, had been invoked against the gang in the troubled city of Newburgh, on the Hudson River about 60 miles north of New York City.

One of the murder victims was a 15-year-old bystander shot by accident during a gang fight, Bharara said. The others were gang members aged 20 and 21, he said.

“Gang violence and drug dealing on the streets of Newburgh remain intolerable,” Bharara said. “We must put an end to the scourge that calls itself the Latin Kings. They are ruthless and resilient, and, as alleged, they have the blood of an innocent child on their hands.”

The updated indictment, unsealed Thursday in federal court in White Plains, adds 15 new defendants for a total of 31 charged since May in the crackdown in Newburgh, an ethnically diverse city of about 30,000 residents. All the defendants are gang members, associates or suppliers, Bharara said.

Most of the defendants have King aliases, including King Bullethead, King Tragedy and King Tutu.

Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips said the crackdown “has taken horrendously dangerous people off the streets.”

Besides murder and racketeering, the defendants face various charges of attempted murder, robbery and assault. All 31 are charged with a drug distribution conspiracy.

Full article at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/sns-ap-us-gang-takedown,0,2964193.story

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