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‘Goonies’ gang charged with racketeering, weapons, drug sales

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For a group known to never say die, a few blue tarps and signs are quick to stop them dead in their tracks. The owner of the iconic Astoria, Oregon home, featured in the classic 80s film ‘The Goonies’ has decided to close the property to fans.
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Eight members of the Mount Vernon-based gang known as the “Goonies” were indicted and charged with racketeering, narcotics and firearms offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office

“The eight members and associates of a violent Mount Vernon street gang charged today engaged in attempted murder, drug dealing and firearms offenses,” Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a prepared 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.”

The indictments name Markel Overton (also known as “Kellz”), Thomas Blanton (also known as “LT”), Marquis Collier (also known as “Keise”), Kadeem Dinham (also known as “Polo”), Donnie Dixon (also known as “Scooter”), Raheem Jones (also known as “Rah Trigger”), Jamaal Sinclair (also known as “Diggz”) and Noel Smith (also known as “Georgie”).

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Members of the gang wore clothing emblazoned with the word “Goonies” or “GS” in order to identify each other, according to the indictment.

Goonies, a 1985 Steven Spielberg action film about kids seeking a hidden treasure to stop foreclosure of their home, featured actors Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and Martha Plimpton, among others. 

Officials say the Goonies gang operated in Mount Vernon over the last decade, committing or threatening acts of violence, including attempted murder and robbery, and possessing and selling drugs, including crack cocaine. 

“We are pleased that this is now coming to an end,” said Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr.

Members of the gang face life in prison if convicted. 

The indictment comes a week after Jamel “Flynt” Upson, a main enforcer of the Goonies’ rival Boss Playa Family gang pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy in a series of shootings. Upson was indicted last year along with seven fellow gang members, at least five of whom have already pleaded guilty and been sent to prison.

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Mary Ellen Trainor, best-known for playing the mother in ‘The Goonies’ and a police psychiatrist in the ‘Lethal Weapon’ franchise, died at the age of 62.
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Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/19/goonies-gang-charged-racketeering-weapons-drug-sales/782558001/

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