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August 29, 2017
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Members and associates of violent Bronx street gang charged in Manhattan federal court with racketeering and firearms offenses

(NEW YORK) - James J. Hunt, the Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James P. O’Neill, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York (NYPD) announced the unsealing today of an Indictment charging 12 members and associates of a Bronx-based street gang known as “Square Gang” with racketeering conspiracy and a firearms offenses.  

A total of seven defendants were taken into custody today; one other defendant was already in federal custody.  Seven of the 12 defendants were presented and arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox today.  Reggie Goodwin was arrested in the Western District of New York and was presented and arraigned before Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York today.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein.  

DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt said:  “Allegedly, the Square Gang was a menacing force, threatening the residents of the Patterson Houses in the Bronx with drug trafficking and violence.  By collaborative efforts with our NYPD partners and the Southern District of New York, seven members of this gang have been arrested this morning on federal charges.” 

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:  “As alleged in the indictment, these gang members wreaked havoc in the Patterson Houses in the Bronx for years.  Thanks to the terrific work of the NYPD and the DEA, the defendants will now face justice in federal court and the Patterson Houses will be safer.” 

As alleged in the Indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court and in other court papers[1]:
Square Gang was a criminal enterprise involved in committing numerous acts of violence, including murder and attempted murder, in the vicinity of the Patterson Houses in the Bronx.  Members and associates of Square Gang enriched themselves by committing robberies and selling drugs, such as crack cocaine and marijuana.
   
Count One of the Indictment charges Damar Morales, Tavon Godfrey, aka “Tay,” Hector Figueroa, aka “Hec,” George Mckelvey, aka “Tyleek,” Juan Castillo, aka “Obama,” Joseph Ratti, aka “Yum Yum,” Quadae Berger, aka “Icy Day,” Rakim Mosely, Reggie Goodwin, Curtis Clark, aka “Tom,” Britain Kelly, aka “Brit,” and Jarel Sable, aka “Shoes,” with participating in a racketeering conspiracy for criminal involvement in Square Gang 

Count Two of the Indictment charges Morales, Godfrey, Figueroa, Mckelvey, Castillo, Ratti, Mosely, Goodwin, Clark, Kelly, and Sable, with using and carrying firearms, which were discharged, in connection with the racketeering conspiracy and a narcotics conspiracy.

Charts containing the names, charges, and maximum penalties for the defendants are set forth below.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of NYPD and the DEA. 

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jordan Estes and Lauren Schorr are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.    

COUNT CHARGE DEFENDANTS MAX. PENALITIES
1

Racketeering conspiracy

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

DAMAR MORALES (23)
TAVON GODFREY (21)
HECTOR FIGUEROA (27)
GEORGE MCKELVEY (23)
JUAN CASTILLO (24)
JOSEPH RATTI (25)
QUADAE BERGER (19)
RAKIM MOSELY (24)
REGGIE GOODWIN (24)
CURTIS CLARK (26)
BRITAIN KELLY (22)
JAREL SABLE (24)

20 years in prison
2

Using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of, a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime

18 U.S.C. § 924(c )

DAMAR MORALES
TAVON GODFREY
HECTOR FIGUEROA
GEORGE MCKELVEY
JUAN CASTILLO
JOSEPH RATTI
RAKIM MOSELY
REGGIE GOODWIN
CURTIS CLARK
BRITAIN KELLY
JAREL SABLE

Life in prison

Mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison

 


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment constitutes only allegations, and every fact described herein should be treated as an allegation.
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