Father and son members of Brooklyn gang sentenced to prison for racketeering and marijuana distribution
Defendants were drug suppliers and armed enforcers for the Nineties Crew
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Tammeco Cargill, an armed enforcer for the Nineties Crew street gang, was sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonment by United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie for racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, including predicate acts of drug trafficking and passport fraud in federal court in Brooklyn. Previously, on Aug. 13, 2019, Winston “Pops” Cargill, a drug supplier for the gang and Tammeco Cargill’s father, was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment for racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, to run consecutively to a term of 96 months of imprisonment he is currently serving for a separate federal conviction. The defendants were convicted in December 2018 following an eight-day trial.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, DEA New York Division Special Agent in Charge, Ray Donovan, and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department, announced the sentences.
“With these sentences, defendants Tammeco and Winston Cargill will pay the price for contributing to their street gang’s corrosive impact on the quality of life and public safety in the Canarsie and Flatbush neighborhoods in Brooklyn,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “Eliminating violent street gangs is a priority of this Office and our law enforcement partners.”
“This sentencing marks the end of the Cargill family business in which violence and drug trafficking played pivotal roles,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge Donovan. “I applaud the collaboration between law enforcement agencies and the work by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. By investigating and arresting drug traffickers, we are taking away sources of supply from the street and saving people’s lives.”
For more than a decade, the defendants were members of the Nineties Crew, a violent gang that operated as a criminal enterprise and sold narcotics in the Flatbush and Canarsie neighborhoods of Brooklyn. During that period, the gang trafficked thousands of pounds of marijuana, earned hundreds of thousands of dollars, operated numerous stash houses and relied upon firearms to protect and further the operations of their enterprise. Tammeco Cargill acted as an enforcer, and Winston Cargill served as one of the gang’s principal marijuana suppliers. The defendants also fraudulently obtained passports to travel to Jamaica and then illegally re-enter the United States.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Hiral Mehta and Ryan Harris are in charge of the prosecution.
Brooklyn, New York
Winston Cargill (also known as “Pops”)
Brooklyn, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-330 (RJD)