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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Members Of Newburgh Latin Kings With Murder And Racketeering In Second Coordinated Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2011

Defendants Also Charged With Attempted Murder, Narcotics Distribution, Attempted Robbery, Assault, Firearms Offenses, and Witness Tampering

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Janice K. Fedarcyk, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), Ronald B. Turk, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"), Michael Ferrara, the Chief of the City of Newburgh Police Department, and Frank Phillips, the Orange County District Attorney, announced today the unsealing of a 42-count Superseding Indictment charging 31 members and associates of the Latin Kings gang in Newburgh, New York, with racketeering, murder and attempted murder, and a number of other federal crimes.  The original indictment was filed last May. 

Today’s Superseding Indictment charges members of the gang with three murders: the murder of Jeffrey Zachary in May 2008, the murder of Jerome Scarlett in March 2010, and the murder of John Maldonado in March 2010.  The defendants are also charged with two attempted murders, attempted robbery, assault, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, heroin, powder cocaine, and marijuana, the use and possession of firearms in connection with the crimes of violence and drug distribution conspiracy, and witness tampering, from 2007 through the present.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated:  "Today’s arrests represent the latest salvo in our campaign to rid the City of Newburgh of the scourge that calls itself the Latin Kings.  The unprecedented crackdown on gangs that we launched last May continues in earnest.  We have made significant progress in cleaning up the streets of Newburgh but we still have work to do.  Together with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, we will use every resource at our disposal to create a safer environment and a brighter future for the community."

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk stated:  "The intrinsic hostility of gang related crimes generates a series of violent offenses; crippling the stability of our communities and leading to increased intimidation among our youth.  Gang violence depletes a city’s strength, and robs its inhabitants of their inherent right to live peacefully.  We will continue to dedicate resources for the purpose of eradicating these crimes."

ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Ronald B. Turk stated: "Today’s arrests clearly show law enforcement’s commitment to the Newburgh community.  After last year’s initial arrests of gang members, agents and officers continued their tenacious investigation to further charge 15 more gang members.  Some of these thugs were extremely violent and today’s arrests nearly double the number of those taken off the streets in this case.  ATF remains committed to protecting our neighborhoods where residents have a safe, drug-free place to live and play; today we are a little closer to that reality."

Newburgh Police Chief Michael Ferrara stated: "The City of Newburgh has a long history of gang and drug violence.  With the assistance of other agencies like the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, we can change the future of Newburgh.  The devastating cuts to our police department have left the City in a very serious state.  It is only with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies and with the combining of resources that we will be able to provide a better future for Newburgh and change history."

Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips stated: "Today we have seen, once again, the commitment of federal law enforcement agencies, and the U.S. Attorney, to provide resources, which would otherwise be unavailable, to local police and prosecutors, to deal a major blow to organized crime in Orange County.  Make no mistake: the Latin Kings are an organized crime enterprise and their narcotics trade, maintained through the use of violence, is a clear and present danger to the people of the Hudson Valley.  Most significant is the indictment of individuals in connection with three separate murders.  Without the commitment of the U.S. Attorney these murders would likely have been unprosecutable under New York law.  I want to again thank U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for his continuing commitment to fight crime in all of the counties of the Southern District of New York."         

According to the Superseding Indictment unsealed today in White Plains federal court:

The "Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation" (the "Latin Kings") is a nationwide criminal organization that was founded in the 1940s in Chicago, Illinois.  The Latin Kings are organized into local chapters by geographic area.  A chapter of the Latin Kings has operated in the East End neighborhood of Newburgh, New York (the "Newburgh Latin Kings").  The Newburgh Latin Kings were governed by a council of five officers, referred to as crowns (collectively, the "Crown Council").  The Crown Council wielded great power and directed punishments, known as "violations," against members who were determined to have committed transgressions.  In some instances, the Crown Council used meetings to order attacks on individuals and rival gangs.  Eight defendants held positions on the Crown Council at various times.

The Superseding Indictment charges that the Newburgh Latin Kings was a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization ("RICO"), the purposes of which included the distribution and sale of crack cocaine, heroin, powder cocaine, and marijuana, and preserving and protecting the power, territory, and profits of the Newburgh Latin Kings through murder, attempted murder, other acts of violence, and threats of violence.

Eleven defendants are charged with committing and attempting to commit violent acts as part of the criminal activities of the Newburgh Latin Kings, including the following:

  • WILSON PAGAN, a/k/a "King Gunz," and JOSE LAGOS, a/k/a "King Gordo," are charged with the murder of Jeffrey Zachary in the vicinity of 27 Dubois Street, Newburgh, New York, on May 6, 2008.

  • CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ, a/k/a "King Chi Chi," CARLOS ROMERO, a/k/a "King Los," and LUIS TAMBITO, a/k/a "King Luch," are charged with the murder of Jerome Scarlett, a/k/a "Rude Boy," in the vicinity of Farrington Street and Lander Street, Newburgh, New York, on March 11, 2010. 

  • CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ, a/k/a "King Chi Chi," ARMANDO SANCHEZ, a/k/a "King Malo," OSMAN NUNEZ, a/k/a "King Ozzy," CARLOS ROMERO, a/k/a "King Los," JOSE LAGOS, a/k/a "King Gordo," and WILLIAM OVERTON, a/k/a "King Tutu," are charged with the murder of John Maldonado, a/k/a "Tarzan," in the vicinity of Benkard Avenue and Little Monument Street, Newburgh, New York, on March 12, 2010.

  • OSMAN NUNEZ, a/k/a "King Ozzy," and THOMAS JIMENEZ, a/k/a "King Tunes," are charged with the attempted murder of an individual in the vicinity of Washington Street and Clark Street, Newburgh, New York, on November 13, 2009.

  • CHRISTOPHER MCNAIR, a/k/a "King Speedy," is charged with the attempted murder of an individual in the vicinity of 22 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh, New York, on January 7, 2010.

  • PEDRO HERRERA, a/k/a "King Aventura," and JOSE LAGOS, a/k/a "King Gordo," are charged with the attempted robbery of a suspected narcotics dealer in New Windsor, New York, on October 19, 2009.

  • WILSON PAGAN, a/k/a "King Gunz," and LUIS TAMBITO, a/k/a "King Luch," are charged with the stabbing of an individual PAGAN believed was providing information to law enforcement, on January 17, 2010.

The Superseding Indictment includes 15 new defendants and 16 defendants who were previously charged in the May, 2010, original indictment.  All 31 defendants are charged with conspiring to distribute narcotics.  Twenty-seven defendants are charged with using, carrying, and possessing firearms during and in relation to the Newburgh Latin Kings’ drug distribution conspiracy.

 The Superseding Indictment is the further result of a long-term investigation, dubbed "Operation Black Crown," conducted by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers working with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  The investigation included the use of confidential informants, undercover officers, and surreptitious surveillance to infiltrate the Newburgh Latin Kings’ racketeering activities in the East End of Newburgh, New York.

Thirty of the 31 defendants charged in the Superseding Indictment were arrested today or have previously been taken into custody.  CARLOS ORTIZ, a/k/a "King Tone," is still being sought.  The defendants arrested today are expected to be presented in White Plains federal court later this afternoon.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the member agencies of the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force.  He added that the investigation is continuing.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas McQuaid and Benjamin Allee are in charge of the prosecution.

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

11-037                                                                     ###

United States v. Wilson Pagan, et al., S3 10 Cr. 392 (CS)

Ct

Charge

Defendant

Maximum Penalties

1, 2

Racketeering, Racketeering Conspiracy

WILSON PAGAN
CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ
PEDRO HERRERA
ARMANDO SANCHEZ
LUIS TAMBITO
OSMAN NUNEZ
JOSE LAGOS
CARLOS ROMERO
CHRISTOPHER MCNAIR
WILLIAM OVERTON
THOMAS JIMENEZ
JASON CARABALLO

Maximum term of life imprisonment

5, 8, 10

Murder in Aid of Racketeering

WILSON PAGAN
JOSE LAGOS
CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ
ARMANDO SANCHEZ
OSMAN NUNEZ
CARLOS ROMERO
WILLIAM OVERTON

Maximum term of death or life imprisonment, mandatory minimum term of life imprisonment

3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11-14

Attempted Murder in Aid of Racketeering

WILSON PAGAN
JOSE LAGOS
CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ
ARMANDO SANCHEZ
OSMAN NUNEZ
CARLOS ROMERO
WILLIAM OVERTON
CHRISTOPHER MCNAIR
THOMAS JIMENEZ

Maximum term of 10 years’ imprisonment

15

Assault in Aid of Racketeering

WILSON PAGAN
LUIS TAMBITO

Maximum term of 20 years’ imprisonment

16

Narcotics Conspiracy

WILSON PAGAN
CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ PEDRO HERRERA
ARMANDO SANCHEZ
LUIS TAMBITO
JASON CARABALLO
OSMAN NUNEZ
JOSE LAGOS
CARLOS ROMERO
CHRISTOPHER MCNAIR
WILLIAM OVERTON
THOMAS JIMENEZ
STEVEN LEWIS
HUMBERTO MORALES
WILFREDO SANCHEZ
FELIX LAGARES
KELVIN LAGARES
JUAN RIOS
ANDREW SANCHEZ
WILFREDO NIEVES
NOEL VELEZ
NELSON CALDERON
RICARDO RAMOS
NICHOLAS COLON
CARLOS ORTIZ
DAMON SINCLAIR
ANGELO DELEON
DEVON SMITH
EDNA REYES
RANDY ANGULO
LEO AUSTIN

Maximum term of life imprisonment, mandatory minimum term of 10 years’ imprisonment

17-28

Distribution and Possession With Intent to Distribute 5 Grams and More Cocaine Base

WILSON PAGAN
PEDRO HERRERA
OSMAN NUNEZ
HUMBERTO MORALES
JOSE LAGOS
STEVEN LEWIS
CARLOS ROMERO
WILFREDO SANCHEZ
JUAN RIOS
ANDREW SANCHEZ
WILFREDO NIEVES
NOEL VELEZ
RICARDO RAMOS

Maximum term of 40 years’ imprisonment, mandatory term of 5 years’ imprisonment

29

Murder in Connection With a Drug Crime

CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ
ARMANDO SANCHEZ
OSMAN NUNEZ
CARLOS ROMERO
JOSE LAGOS
WILLIAM OVERTON

Maximum term of death or life imprisonment, mandatory term of 20 years’ imprisonment

30, 31

Conspiracy and Attempted Robbery

PEDRO HERRERA
JOSE LAGOS

Maximum term of 20 years’ imprisonment

32, 33, 37, 38, 40

Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to Narcotics Trafficking or a Crime of Violence

WILSON PAGAN
CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ PEDRO HERRERA
ARMANDO SANCHEZ
LUIS TAMBITO
JASON CARABALLO
OSMAN NUNEZ
JOSE LAGOS
CARLOS ROMERO
CHRISTOPHER MCNAIR
WILLIAM OVERTON
THOMAS JIMENEZ
STEVEN LEWIS
HUMBERTO MORALES
WILFREDO SANCHEZ
FELIX LAGARES
KELVIN LAGARES
JUAN RIOS
ANDREW SANCHEZ
NELSON CALDERON
RICARDO RAMOS
NICHOLAS COLON
CARLOS ORTIZ
ANGELO DELEON
DEVON SMITH
RANDY ANGULO
LEO AUSTIN

Maximum term of life imprisonment, mandatory minimum term of 10 years’ imprisonment consecutive to any other sentence

35

Brandishing of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence

PEDRO HERRERA
JOSE LAGOS

Maximum term of life imprisonment, mandatory minimum term of 7 years’ imprisonment consecutive to any other sentence

36

Use and Possession of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence

OSMAN NUNEZ
THOMAS JIMENEZ

Maximum term of life imprisonment, mandatory minimum term of 5 years’ imprisonment consecutive to any other sentence

34, 39, 41

Use, Carrying, and Possession of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence Which Causes the Death of Another Person

WILSON PAGAN
JOSE LAGOS
CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ
LUIS TAMBITO
CARLOS ROMERO
ARMANDO SANCHEZ
OSMAN NUNEZ
WILLIAM OVERTON

Maximum term of death or life imprisonment

42

Attempted Tampering With an Informant

WILSON PAGAN
LUIS TAMBITO

Maximum term of 30 years’ imprisonment

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Defendant

Residence

WILSON PAGAN

Newburgh, New York

CHRISTIAN SANCHEZ

Newburgh, New York

PEDRO HERRERA

Newburgh, New York

ARMANDO SANCHEZ

Newburgh, New York

LUIS TAMBITO

Newburgh, New York

JASON CARABALLO

Newburgh, New York

OSMAN NUNEZ

Newburgh, New York

JOSE LAGOS

Newburgh, New York

CARLOS ROMERO

Newburgh, New York

CHRISTOPHER MCNAIR

Newburgh, New York

WILLIAM OVERTON

Highland Falls, New York

THOMAS JIMENEZ

Newburgh, New York

STEVEN LEWIS

Newburgh, New York

HUMBERTO MORALES

Newburgh, New York

WILFREDO SANCHEZ

Newburgh, New York

FELIX LAGARES                              

Newburgh, New York

KELVIN LAGARES

Newburgh, New York

JUAN RIOS

Newburgh, New York

ANDREW SANCHEZ

Newburgh, New York

WILFREDO NIEVES

Newburgh, New York

NOEL VELEZ

Newburgh, New York

NELSON CALDERON

Schenectady, New York

RICARDO RAMOS

Newburgh, New York

NICHOLAS COLON

Highland Mills, New York

CARLOS ORTIZ

Newburgh, New York

DAMON SINCLAIR

Newburgh, New York

ANGELO DELEON

Newburgh, New York

DEVON SMITH

Newburgh, New York

EDNA REYES

Newburgh, New York

RANDY ANGULO

Plattekill, New York

LEO AUSTIN

Newburgh, New York

 

 

 

 

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