Prosecutors said the group has been responsible for at least eight murders going back to as well as importing significant quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana, primarily into New York.
The organization's leader, Jose Martinez Diaz, also known as "Tony Zinc," and eight other defendants had already been charged for their alleged roles in the organization. Federal prosecutors said the gang has been responsible for multiple murders, various firearm offenses and years of drug trafficking. While working as a detective with the Evanston Police Department, Gomez helped the gang get guns from drug dealers and transported them to Puerto Rico, according to an indictment unsealed this week in the Southern District of New York.
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Evanston police did not immediately respond to a request for details about Gomez's time with the department. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. But as alleged, Gomez joined the DEA to betray those laws, and to help narcotics traffickers evade detection by law enforcement.
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Contact the Webmaster. Yet, on the basis of information Cruz delivered, federal prosecutors pursued not only Gordon, but also a dozen other men on conspiracy charges, alleging an organized drug operation. Some of the men, abundant evidence indicated, were drug dealers; others were caught with small amounts of drugs, appearing to support their claims they were merely personal users — people who, prosecuted in state court, might face probation or, at worst, a couple years in jail.
Jon Shane, an associate professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice who studies the use of confidential informants, said such a breakdown could be enough to taint a case. A Philadelphia police spokesperson declined to comment, referring questions to the DEA, which led the operation.
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A DEA spokesperson also declined to comment, referring questions to the Justice Department, which is prosecuting the cases. A Justice Department spokesperson said the office does not comment on ongoing cases. The individual officers and agents could not be reached or did not respond to requests for comment. Cruz did not respond to a letter sent to him at the Federal Detention Center. In cases such as this one, Shane said, prosecutors hold enormous power.
After all, 90 percent of federal defendants plead guilty , and of those who go to trial, less than one-half of 1 percent are acquitted.
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Though six took guilty pleas for reduced prison terms, a jury hung on all charges for three of the men in December Three more men were acquitted after spending more than two years in jail. Gordon was convicted on 19 counts, but awaits a retrial on other charges. He only recognized two of them: Gordon, whom he called a friend, and Ishmi Powell, an acquaintance from his mosque who would plead guilty to distributing PCP in exchange for 12 years, seven months in prison. Davis admitted to helping Gordon procure codeine and marijuana, but said the PCP allegations shocked him.
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Jailed 26 months, he lost his job, his marriage, his credit. He was acquitted in December , but his 5-year-old son, who was home when the police pounded on his door at 5 a. On surveillance videos, they saw the Pepsi bottle Cruz was permitted to bring to buys; they believed it to be a stash bottle with a hidden compartment for moving drugs.
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In an official interview in , Cruz claimed the Philadelphia task force officers, Kyle Boyd and Efrain Torres, told him to keep the extra buy money to save them the paperwork. He also said he was not searched after the controlled purchases for either the money or extra drugs.