Sixteen members and associates of the Latin Kings street gang were charged yesterday with four narcotics trafficking conspiracies, including conspiracies to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base (crack cocaine), ethylone (molly), and marijuana.
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.
“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 Drug 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.”
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