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Latin Kings Doing the Pokey

You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?

County Executive Steve Levy,  and Police Commissioner Richard Dormer Highlighted  Law Enforcement Efforts Leading to Arrest of Eight High-Ranking Gang Members today and issue  a warning to other gang members in Huntington Station and elsewhere: ‘We Will Track You Down’

Suffolk Executive Steve Levy and Police Commissioner Richard Dormer announced today that eight high-ranking members of the Latin Kings gang have been arrested on drug, assault and weapons charges as the result of an aggressive, multi-agency response involving the Suffolk Police Department, the FBI and various federal, state and local law enforcement officials,

Levy and Dormer said the investigation leading to the arrests was highlighted by the work of a newly formed Suffolk Police Department Gang Suppression Team in August, 2009, was bolstered by the involvement of the FBI Long Island Gang Task Force one month later, and culminated in the March 25 arrest of the eight gang kingpins who were operating out of Huntington Station. The officials said the arrest of these eight individuals plus two previous arrests of members of the same gang included the head of the gang and other key members—and could essentially wipe out the gang in the Huntington Station area.

“This well coordinated, successful law enforcement effort in Huntington Station sends a strong signal to gang members that their actions will not be tolerated in our county,” said Levy. “We applaud the FBI for working closely for several months with the Suffolk Police Department and other agencies; this is an important step and part of a continuing effort in Huntington Station—and other communities in Suffolk County—to ensure the safety and well being of our families and children.”

The joint law enforcement effort involved the FBI, the Suffolk and Nassau police departments, the Hempstead Village Police, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Parole Office. The investigation was also conducted in conjunction with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

“The Suffolk Police Department appreciated the assistance of the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as the other involved parties, in the apprehension of these individuals,” Dormer said. “This is part of an ongoing effort to combat gangs in our neighborhoods. We take gang violence very seriously and we will continue our efforts to take gang members off the streets of Huntington Station and other communities.”

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