Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced Thursday eight members of the street gang Mount Vernon Goonies were indicted on narcotics, firearms and racketeering charges.
Defendants named in the case include
- Markel Overton, aka “Kellz”
- Thomas Blanton, aka “LT”
- Marquis Collier, aka “Keise”
- Donnie Dixon, aka “Scooter’
- Noel Smith, aka “Georgie”
- Jamaal Sinclair, aka “Diggz”
- Raheem Jones, aka “Rah Trigger”
- Kadeem Dinham, aka “Polo”
The Goonies operate in Mount Vernon, New York and are known for utilizing illegal drugs and violence to intimidate the community. Members promote the gang and protect its interests, by conspiring, attempting, committing and threatening to commit violent acts, such as robbery and murder. They also possessed and distributed narcotics to fund the enterprise.
“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.”
“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 A. Scarpino Jr. said in a statement. 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.”