WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Several members of a Westchester street gang have been indicted on charges that include racketeering, drug and firearm offenses.
Joon Kim, the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the unsealing of an indictment charging eight members of the “Goonies,” whose base of operation is in Mount Vernon.
According to the indictment, Markel “Kellz” Overton, Thomas “LT” Blanton, Marques “Keise” Collier, Kadeem “Polo” Dinham, “Donnie “Scooter” Dixon, “Raheem “Rah Trigger” Jones, Rah “Trigga” Trigger, “Jamaal “Diggz” Sinclair and Noel “Georgie” Smith were members and associates of a racketeering enterprise in Mount Vernon.
In order to fund the enterprise, protect and expand its interests, and promote its standing, members and associates of the Goonies committed conspired, attempted and threatened to commit acts of violence, including murder and robbery, the indictment states. The eight men conspired to distribute and possess narcotics with the intent to distribute and possessed and used firearms in the furtherance of that cause.
Blanton, Collier, Dinham, Dixon and Jones allegedly also conspired with other members of the Goonies to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana.
“As alleged, the eight members and associates of a violent Mount Vernon street gang charged today engaged in attempted murder, drug dealing and firearms offenses,” Kim said in a statement. “One of our most important missions, as federal prosecutors, is to investigate and prosecute street gangs that threaten our communities through violence and narcotics trafficking, as the Goonies allegedly did in Mount Vernon.”
All eight men are facing a maximum of life in prison if convicted of the charges, which include racketeering, firearms offenses and a narcotics conspiracy.
“This gang was allegedly engaged in serious criminal activity that included shooting incidents, armed robberies, gun possession and narcotics distribution,” Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. added.
“We are pleased that this is now coming to an end. I want to thank our partners at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District and the New York office of the FBI for their unstinting dedication and determination that led to this indictment and today’s arrests.”
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