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Latin Kings sect 'Woodhaven Mayans' busted on drugs, weapons charges: DA

by Anthony O'Reilly / Associate Editor | Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 12:36 pm

Seven members and associates of a Latin Kings sect known as the "Woodhaven Mayans" were arrested and now face narcotics and weapons charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Friday.

The gang operated primarily within the confines of the 102nd and 106th precincts, according to Brown.

“A morning wake-up call by the police armed with a court-authorized search warrant earlier this week resulted in the arrest of seven individuals – six men and one woman – and the seizure of a large quantity of illicit drugs and a defaced firearm," Brown said in a statement. "These arrests should serve as a warning to other drug dealers and gang members that the law enforcement community will continue to aggressively track down those who traffic in drugs and illegal firearms and seek to put them in prison.”

The defendants were identified as David Golden, Jesus Merced, Janet Rodriguez, Alberto Santiago, Malik Santiago, Edgardo Torres and Travis Gonzales. Torres, Gonazalez and Golden are listed as Queens residents with no specific neighborhood and Merced in from Hempstead, LI. Rodriguez and both Santiagos are from Ozone Park.

An undercover NYPD detective allegedly made undercover narcotics purchases on 13 occasions between April 11 and June 22, buying heroin, cocaine and prescription pills.

In one instance, Brown's office said, a detective paid $500 for 100 glassiness that were supposed to contain heroin, but it was later discovered the substance was not in them.

Golden allegedly asked the detective if he was interested in buying "toys," meaning guns, that would come from out of state and cost between $600 and $800 each. He said yes and was given a 38-caliber revolver with five rounds in it, the authorities said. 

On July 18, the NYPD raided Golden's home and allegedly found another gun, marijuana, heroin, drug paraphernalia and $1,230 in cash.

Golden, the alleged front man, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the various charges. Travis Gonzalez faces 15 in prison and Torres one. Merced, the Santiagos and Rodriguez are looking at nine years each.

All defendants, except Torres, are due back in court Aug. 2. Torres is due back Sept. 21.