40 Members & Associates of Bronx Trinitarios Gang Charged with Racketeering, Murder, & Other Crimes
NEW YORK, NY -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Brian R. Crowell, ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Joseph Anarumo Jr., and ICE's Homeland Security Investigations Deputy Special Agent-in-Charge Anthony Scandiffio, announce the unsealing of a Superseding Indictment charging 40 members and associates of the Bronx Trinitarios Gang ("BTG") with racketeering, murder, attempted murder, narcotics, and firearms offenses. The original Indictment, filed in December 2011 against 50 members of BTG, alleged that the gang operated as a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) and was responsible for certain narcotics and firearms trafficking offenses. Today's Superseding Indictment against 26 new defendants and 14 already charged, adds additional racketeering offenses and violent crimes including nine murders in aid of racketeering, 10 conspiracies to commit murder in aid of racketeering, and 24 assaults and attempted murders in aid of racketeering. It also includes additional narcotics conspiracy and firearms offenses - all related to the defendants' participation in BTG. In 2009 and 2010, 43 members of the Manhattan Trinitarios Gang were charged with various racketeering, murder, and narcotics offenses, bringing the total number of defendants charged in the past three years for their alleged involvement with the Trinitarios, 119.