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Lavish spending Brooklyn gang indicted, linked to Mexican cartel

July 26, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Two of the luxury cars that were allegedly paid for by the proceeds of the nearly million-dollar heroin ring. Photos courtesy of U.S. Attorney’s Office
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Six Brooklyn men were charged Wednesday for allegedly dealing $900,000 worth of heroin and using guns to protect their Brooklyn- and Queens-based ring that had connections to the Mexican cartel, officials said.

The feds seized 12 kilos (26 pounds) of heroin and five luxury vehicles from the group that flaunted their cars and multi-thousand-dollar jewelry on social media that they allegedly bought with their ill-gotten gains, the U.S. attorney announced.

The group allegedly transported their heroin from Los Angeles and Chicago and had direct meetings with the Mexican cartel.

One of the men relied on the Bushwick street gang, Young Gunnerz, to provide protection for the deals, according to a U.S. attorney statement.

“As charged, the defendants are members of a multi-million-dollar heroin trafficking organization with access to firearms and ties to other states and a Mexican cartel,” acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde said in the statement.

Victor Agosto, Perfecto Deleon, Luis Lopez, Andres Reyes, Nestor Rivera and Peter Vasquez were all charged in the two-count indictment.

Lopez allegedly celebrated Christmas with a $20,000 watch and celebrated a birthday with a 256-gram (half pound) piece of gold jewelry and shiny diamond ring, which were boasted on social media.

One man allegedly carted his infant child around in a $3,000 baby stroller and threw Gucci sneakers worth hundreds of dollars on his 8-year-old child.

Of the luxury vehicles seized by the feds, a Rolls Royce Ghost and Lamborghini Huracan were part of the lot.

“Through their alleged heroin trafficking operation, the defendants not only lived a sham lavish life, but trafficked hundreds of kilograms of this deadly drug in New York City,” said FBI head William Sweeney in the statement.

The opioid epidemic has been making weekly front pages in New York, as there were more than 1,370 overdose deaths across New York in 2016, according to a report by the Daily News.

In Brooklyn, there were almost three times as many overdoses than homicide deaths the same year, officials said.

The six men were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon before Magistrate Judge Steven Tiscione.

 


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