NEWBURGH − Eleven members and associates of a street gang facing charges under a 10-count federal indictment for racketeering, narcotics and firearms charges were arrested in the city of Newburgh Wednesday night during a raid by the FBI Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force and city police.
Three more suspected members and associates of the gang who are also facing charges under the indictment have not yet been arrested, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
The gang is known as the Young Gunnaz.
One leader of the gang, Kashad Sampson, 23, is accused of participating in multiple assaults with a dangerous weapon in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh, and other gang members are accused of trafficking large amounts of narcotics across the city of Newburgh and elsewhere in the state, and of perpetrating fraud schemes to enrich gang members.
Sampson; George Delgado, 23; Gabriel Roman, 23; Dallas Archer, 25; Bruce Allen, 24; Syncere Tatum, 22; John LaLanne, 23; Bashir Mallory, 19; Mekhi McDonald, 19; Christopher Tate, 19; and Kristopher Burges Cunningham, 28, were all arrested Wednesday night and were presented Thursday before U.S. magistrate judges Judith C. McCarthy and Andrew E. Krause.
The other three suspected gang members and associates named in the indictment, Jasiah Wooten, 24; Raekwon Jackson 22; and Dejon Scott, 27, have not yet been arrested, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to the indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, and other public court filings, on Aug. 15, 2020, Sampson, Archer, LaLanne and Jackson participated in the attempted murder of rival gang members in Poughkeepsie.
On Nov. 10, 2020, LaLanne allegedly robbed a narcotics dealer at gunpoint in Newburgh and discharged his firearm.
On April 27, 2021, Tatum, Roman and Tate allegedly shot at and attempted to rob a rival drug dealer in Newburgh.
On Nov. 17, 2021, Sampson, Delgado, Wooten and Allen allegedly shot at four rival gang members in Newburgh.
And from 2019 to the present, all of the defendants except Archer participated in a conspiracy to distribute a substantial amount of narcotics including crack cocaine, heroin, Oxycodone, marijuana and Promethazine HCL mixed with codeine, commonly knowns as "lean."
Newburgh city police Commissioner Jose A. Gomerez issued a statement praising the arrests.
"When I became commissioner, I made a promise that we would address gun violence head-on, and one of my first acts was to re-engage the FBI's Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force," Gomerez said. "Today marks another step forward in delivering on that promise. We will not rest until every corner of our city belongs to the community, not the criminals."
Danian Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said he made a similar promise when he was appointed to his post, to "be relentless in rooting out violent crime in every corner of this district."
"That's a promise I am determined to keep," Williams said in a statement released by his office. "Today we are announcing a sweeping RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) indictment charging 14 members and associates of a violent gang that we allege is up to no good."
All 10 counts in the indictment carry maximum penalties ranging from 20 years to life in prison if convicted.
Mike Randall covers breaking news for the Times Herald-Record, the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Journal News-lohud. Reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @mikerandall845.
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