“Eight Alleged Members and Associates of the Two Six Nation Street Gang Indicted in Racketeering Conspiracy”

August 25, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 22, 2014 released the following:

“WASHINGTON—Four members of the Two Six Nation street gang and four of their associates have been indicted for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy spanning more than 20 years, as well as murder and drug trafficking charges.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney David A. Capp of the Northern District of Indiana, Special Agent in Charge Carl Vasilko of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Chicago Field Division, Special Agent in Charge Jack Riley of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Chicago Field Division and Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abott of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division made the announcement.

“Today’s action reflects the most recent in the department’s continuing efforts to free communities within East Chicago, Gary and Chicago from the scourge of gang violence and drug dealing,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “Over the years, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division have partnered to use RICO and other federal charges to disrupt and dismantle violent gangs like the Imperial Gangsters, the Latin Kings and now the Two Six Nation. These rolling prosecutions of violent gangs in this region demonstrate the department’s commitment to ensure that no gang is able to maintain a foothold in these communities.”

“This is our third use of the federal RICO statute against violent street gangs operating in northwest Indiana,” said U.S. Attorney Capp. “This indictment was the result of extensive federal-local law enforcement work on both sides of the state border. Our investigations continue and we will not hesitate to utilize the power of the RICO statute to remove these individuals from the streets.”

The second superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Aug. 21, 2014, and unsealed today, charges Adron Herschel Tancil, aka “Awol,” 36, of East Chicago, Indiana; Jesus Valentin Fuentes, aka “Chu Chu,” 39, of Gary, Indiana; Frank Perez Jr., aka “Pumpkin,” 33, of Verona, Pennsylvania; and Anthony Cresencio Aguilera, aka “P-nut,” 35, of Portage, Indiana with RICO conspiracy and conspiracy to engage in drug trafficking, including marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and ecstasy. Also charged in the narcotics conspiracy are Oscar Cosme, aka “Cos,” 41, of East Chicago; Ester Carrera, aka “Mama D,” 61, of Gary; Paul Brock, aka “Big Brock,” 27, of Gary; and Alma Delia Carrera, 28, of Gary. Both the RICO and narcotics conspiracies allege criminal conduct spanning more than 20 years, from January 1992 to the present.

The indictment further charges defendants Tancil, Fuentes and Cosme with the May 16, 2003, homicide of Julio Cartagena in East Chicago. Kiontay Kyare Pennington has already pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering for his role in this homicide.

In addition, the indictment charges Frank Perez with the July 13, 1999, murder of Jose Pena Jr. in Whiting, Indiana.

The charges contained in an indictment are merely accusations and all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

This case is being investigated by the ATF, DEA, FBI, East Chicago Police Department and Whiting Police Department, with assistance from the Chicago Police Department, Gary Police Department, Hammond Police Department, Highland Police Department and the Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force. Assistance was also provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Nozick for the Northern District of Indiana and Trial Attorney Andrew L. Creighton of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section.”

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Christopher Coke Pleaded Guilty in Federal Court to Trafficking Large Quantities of Marijuana and Cocaine, as well as Approving the Stabbing of a Marijuana Dealer in New York

September 1, 2011

The New York Times on September 1, 2011 released the following in print:

“Jamaican Kingpin Seized After Violent Manhunt Pleads Guilty in Manhattan

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

Christopher Coke, a Jamaican drug trafficker whose arrest last summer came after a monthlong manhunt that left scores dead in Kingston, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to racketeering conspiracy charges in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

The guilty plea emerged during an hour of quiet dialogue between Mr. Coke and a federal judge, a proceeding that stood in sharp contrast to the violence generated last year as the Jamaican authorities searched for Mr. Coke, a neighborhood don, at the request of American prosecutors.

Mr. Coke, a short, balding man of 42, pleaded guilty to trafficking large quantities of marijuana and cocaine, as well as approving the stabbing of a marijuana dealer in New York. He faces a maximum sentence of 23 years in prison; the plea deal does not require him to cooperate or to testify on behalf of the government in any proceeding.

“I’m pleading guilty because I am,” he told Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr.

In seeking Mr. Coke’s extradition, Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, charged that for more than a decade Mr. Coke had controlled an international drug ring from his stronghold of Tivoli Gardens in Kingston.

His organization often transported cocaine to Miami and New York, prosecutors said. A portion of the profits, they said, went to buy guns in the United States, which were shipped back to Mr. Coke, who wielded considerable political influence in Jamaica. His organization was so well armed that it “rendered the Tivoli Gardens area virtually off-limits to the local police,” prosecutors wrote in a recent court filing.

The extradition and prosecution of Mr. Coke’s father, a leader of the same criminal organization, had been sought by the United States, but he died in a mysterious fire in a Jamaican prison cell in 1992.

The manhunt for Christopher Coke last year led to more than 70 deaths; in some instances, the police executed unarmed men, according to relatives of victims. In the months before the Jamaican prime minister, Bruce Golding, acted on the extradition request, Jamaican leaders warned officials in the American Embassy that any move to arrest Mr. Coke could result in widespread violence or civil unrest because Mr. Coke was well fortified in Tivoli Gardens and had a measure of popular support, according to a review of secret State Department cables released by WikiLeaks.

His plea deal came together in recent days after prosecutors told Mr. Coke’s lawyers that various confidential informers were prepared to testify that Mr. Coke had been involved in five murders, one of Mr. Coke’s lawyers, Stephen H. Rosen, said. One witness was prepared to testify that Mr. Coke used a chain saw to kill someone who had stolen drugs from him, according to a filing.

Under the original indictment, Mr. Coke could have faced a life sentence if convicted.

Mr. Coke’s lawyers described him as a well-spoken man who had never cursed in their presence; they said he had approached his new life in federal custody, where he is held under unusually restrictive conditions, with stoicism. “He’s never been in bad spirits,” one of the lawyers, Frank A. Doddato, said. “Let’s just say he’s one of the last tough guys.”

Dressed in a blue smock and orange socks, Mr. Coke was one of the first in the courtroom to stand when Judge Patterson entered on Wednesday, and he was the last to sit down. During a lengthy hearing in which he was asked routine questions, like whether his lawyers had provided effective assistance and whether he had recently consumed drugs or alcohol, Mr. Coke remained perched attentively on the edge of his seat, answering each question carefully.

In giving a statement of his guilt, Mr. Coke remained vague as to the specific crimes he had committed. He said that “a person gave someone narcotics on my behalf, on my instructions,” without offering any further details other than the year, 2007.

Initially, Judge Patterson voiced skepticism that the vaguely described crimes to which Mr. Coke was pleading guilty met the standard for racketeering.

When Mr. Coke pleaded guilty to approving the stabbing of a marijuana dealer in the Bronx in 2007, Judge Patterson asked whether the person had sustained serious injury — a component of the charge. Mr. Coke said he believed the person was stabbed in the face.

“Was it something that required hospitalization or was it something he could go home and brag about?” the judge asked.

Mr. Coke said that he was in Jamaica at the time and did not know the details, but that he was sure it would have required medical attention. He did not offer the name of the person who was stabbed. Asked for details about the violence, Ellen Davis, a spokeswoman for Mr. Bharara, refused to name the victim or the attacker.

Mr. Coke acknowledged involvement in the distribution of more than three tons of marijuana and more than 30 pounds of cocaine.

In addition to the confidential informers, prosecutors built the case using wiretaps the Jamaican authorities had been collecting since 2004, when they started eavesdropping on Mr. Coke’s cellphone conversations and on those of other members of his drug trafficking enterprise, according to a court filing.

Mr. Rosen said that some 50,000 conversations had been intercepted in the investigation. Of those, he said, “there was only one in which there was discussion of violence, and I can tell you it wasn’t murder.””

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