Federal Prosecutors Charge 16 in Gang Racketeering Operation in Manhattan

Sixteen alleged members and associates of a road gang that has terrorized communities within the Washington Heights space of Manhattan have been charged in a broad indictment accusing them of utilizing excessive violence as they bought medicine, federal prosecutors mentioned Tuesday.

The defendants had been a part of the so-called Personal Each Greenback gang, or O.E.D., and dedicated murders, shootings, robberies and assaults in opposition to rivals and fellow gang members to guard and increase the group’s narcotics enterprise, the indictment charged. A number of the defendants had been charged with racketeering conspiracy.

Prosecutors mentioned the gang was a subset of the Trinitarios, a well-organized New York primarily based Dominican gang established almost three many years in the past by detainees on Rikers Island. The O.E.D. defendants bought fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, oxycodone, ecstasy and marijuana round Manhattan and the Bronx, in line with the 42-count indictment.

At the least 9 defendants named within the indictment had been charged in March in a broad narcotics trafficking conspiracy. On the time, Damian Williams, the U.S. lawyer for the Southern District of New York, mentioned a number of of these charged regularly carried firearms whereas dealing medicine.

Keechant L. Sewell, the New York police commissioner, mentioned then that “the details of this investigation make clear: Criminal gangs, illegal guns and illicit drugs are a dangerous combination — and will never be tolerated in our city.”

The brand new expenses are to be introduced at a information convention in Manhattan at midday by Mr. Williams, Ms. Sewell, Alvin L. Bragg, the Manhattan district lawyer and Frank A. Tarentino III, the pinnacle of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York division.

The indictment additionally charged that members and associates of the gang used social media and YouTube to advertise and have fun the gang’s prison conduct.