March 09, 2016
Contact: Erin Mulvey
Phone Number: (212) 337-3900
Sixteen Latin King Gang Members And Associates Arrested For Narcotics Trafficking In Long Beach, New York
Defendants charged with trafficking large quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, molly and marijuana
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A four-count indictment was unsealed today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging sixteen defendants with four narcotics trafficking conspiracies, including conspiracies to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine (crack cocaine), (molly), and marijuana. The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Anne Y. Shields at the federal courthouse in Central Islip.
The charges were announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field (FBI); James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement (DEA); and Michael Tangney, Commissioner, Long Beach Police (LBPD).
“This indictment should serve as notice to all gang members - we will not tolerate the flooding of our streets with illegal drugs. We are committed to rooting out all drug trafficking and gang activity on Long Island,” stated United States Attorney Capers. Mr. Capers thanked the FBI, DEA Long Island Resident Office’s Task Force and LBPD for their assistance with the government’s investigation.
“Today, 16 members and associates of the Latin Kings Gang are facing charges related to drug trafficking in parts of Long Island. When criminal operatives and gangs bring in illegal drugs into our neighborhoods, they also bring violence, turf wars and other criminal activity. The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to dismantle gang activity and keep our communities safe,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Hunt stated, “Today’s arrests have dismantled an alleged drug gang that preyed upon the Long Beach community. The indictment charges that this organization illegally distributed cocaine, crack cocaine, ethylone and marijuana; all of which furthered crime, addiction, and violence. Law enforcement worked collaboratively to reclaim this neighborhood for the law abiding citizens who deserve to live without intimidation, fear, and drug trafficking.”
LBPD Commissioner Tangney stated, “The Long Beach Police Department is very appreciative of the assistance the FBI and DEA provided to the LBPD in this joint operation. Removing these dangerous individuals from our streets makes this community that much safer. This joint investigation was very successful and demonstrates that when federal and local law enforcement work together, great results are achieved.”
As alleged in the government’s detention memorandum, the indictment is the product of a two-year investigation during which law enforcement identified the most prolific narcotics traffickers in the Long Beach area, including numerous members and associates of the Latin Kings street gang. Court-authorization was then obtained to intercept telephone communications between the defendants, all of whom were intercepted on multiple occasions engaging in narcotics trafficking activities. The charged conspiracies involved over 50 kilograms of cocaine, five kilograms of crack cocaine, two kilograms of molly, and 500 pounds of marijuana.
If convicted of the charges in the indictment, Amparo, A. Andujar, R. Andujar, Cerda, Cobb, Curry, Diggs, Fernandez, Ojedis, Ramirez, and Rupay face a maximum of life imprisonment. Ayala, Collins, Vanroten, and Wilson face a maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment, and Labella faces a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment. The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by the office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Lara Treinis Gatz, Mark E. Misorek, and Grace M. Cucchissi are in charge of the prosecution.
DEA Long Island Resident Office’s Task Force comprises agents and officers of the DEA, Suffolk County District Attorney Office, Nassau County District Attorney Office, Suffolk County Sheriff Office, Suffolk County Police Department and Hempstead Police Department.
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