Newburgh FBI raid leads to murder, racketeering charges

Federal agents arrested 15 alleged gang members during a series of raids executed in Newburgh early Thursday morning.

The FBI says eight of the suspects who were allegedly in the Latin Kings and Queen Nation street gangs have been charged in connection with three murders and three attempted murders in the city from 2008 - 2010.

According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, an innocent 15-year-old was among the victims. The indictment also includes charges for the murders of Jerome Scarlett and John Maldonado during a 24-hour period in March.

Prosecutors say the suspects were also involved in racketeering and drugs.

The raids were the result of investigations conducted by the FBI, City of Newburgh police, New York State Police, the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobbaco, Firearms and Explosives) and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A full press conference detailing the 75-page indictment was held at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in White Plains.

Officials say they are still looking for one suspect, Carlos Ortiz. They say Ortiz and the 15 already arrested face life behind bars if convicted.

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