Eight York City men allegedly affiliated with the Latin Kings street gang have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges after an April grand jury investigation in the U.S. Middle District Court.
The indictment was unsealed Friday after the men were arrested and charged.
U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith said the arrests follow a two-year investigation by state police, the York County Drug Task Force, and the FBI, during which hundreds of purchases of heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine were made from dozens of people affiliated with the gang.
Dozens of people were arrested in a February sweep in York as a result of the investigation, police said.
Indicted were the following men, all from York: August Ranalli, 31, Marcus Garcia, 26, David Ramsey, 31, Antonio Navaro-Garcia, 21, Brandon Jones, 24, Michael Enriquez, 28, Daniel Pacheco-Morales, 41, and Carlos Martinez-Villalongo, 36.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ranalli was originally charged with distributing crack cocaine last December. The April indictment expanded the time period of the drug trafficking, included heroin and cocaine, and grew to include the seven "co-conspirators".
The men will be tried in federal court, with maximum sentences of life imprisonment, probation and fines. The mandatory minimum sentence is 10 years in prison.
In February, Pacheco-Morales was one of 80 people - alleged drug dealers believed to be affiliated with national gangs including the Latin Kings, the Bloods and the Crips - charged during Operation Sunrise.
At the time, police described Pacheco-Morales as a high-level drug dealer.
Operation Sunrise culminated in a massive citywide roundup of suspects. As teams of officers scoured York City, a state police helicopter circled above.
During the operation, police seized cocaine and heroin with a street value of $316,680; 43 vehicles; seven guns and $34,116 cash, police had said.
The arrests came after an 18-month investigation that focused on identifying targets, gathering intelligence and making controlled purchases of heroin and cocaine.
Staff Writer Greg Gross contributed to this report.
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