Crime News – US Law – 50 MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES OF TRINITARIOS STREET GANG CHARGED WITH RACKETEERING, NARCOTICS, AND FIREARMS OFFENSES

Defendants Include Seven Leaders of Bronx-Based Gang

7 December 2011 – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Wilbert Plummer, the Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), Raymond W. Kelly, the Commissioner of the Police Department for the City of New York (“NYPD”), Joseph Anarumo Jr., the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), James T. Hayes, Jr., the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), and Brian Fischer, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (“DOCCS”), announced charges today against 50 members and associates of the Bronx Trinitarios Gang (“BTG”) for racketeering, narcotics, and firearms offenses.

The Indictment alleges that BTG operated as a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), and charges 41 defendants with racketeering conspiracy, related to their participation in this criminal organization, which engaged in narcotics trafficking, murder and attempted murder.

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