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Bloods Gang Leader Pleads Guilty in 2011 OMC Drug Bust

June 2011 FBI raid led to arrest of 14 individuals at Old Mill Court apartment complex.

A Bloods gang leader arrested in a June 2011 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid of an Old Mill Court based crack-cocaine ring pleaded guilty to dealing cocaine Thursday in federal court in Central Islip, according to reports.

Latee Smith was one of 14 people arrested on June 1 in a group that authorities said "dominated the narcotics trade in Rockville Centre's Old Mill Court apartment complex."

According to the United States Attorney's Office, four of the defendants, including Smith, are members of the United Blood Nation (Bloods) — a violent street gang.

Newsday [paid link] reported:

While Smith lived in Hempstead, many of those arrested lived in Rockville Centre, officials said. In pleading guilty, Smith briefly admitted to his role in the drug dealing, and mainly answered in a crisp "Yes, sir," to other questions asked by federal magistrate William Wall.

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At the time of the raid, Robert Nardoza, spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office, said that a four-month joint investigation by the FBI, Rockville Centre Police Department and Nassau County Police Department revealed a narcotics distribution ring operating in the Old Mill Court apartment complex.

FBI spokesman James Margolin said that the raid itself was the culmination of a 14-month investigation led by the RVCPD.

Smith faces up to life in prison. He is likely to get a sentence of between 19 to 24 years under a plea agreement.

Brutally Frank November 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Spare us the social worker crap. OMC is a typical of many minority housing developments, rife with crime. Why we in RVC are plagued with it it still don't understand. There are endless "programs" for these kids but crime always seems to win out as a high interest way to live one's life. I am tired of it. There is a a reason our prisons are mostly filled with minorities. And by the way I voted for Obama twice. Disabuse yourself of any notion that I am a racist, I am merely a realist.
Frank November 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Get Up and Get Get down... OMC is a joke in your Town. Hey Mayor Murray? Where's the update on OMC (six months past due)?
Frank November 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
@ Matthew Hogan. Before Anthony resigned, he was chasing down Mayor Murray on an update on OMC. Are you following up on it as well?
Matthew Hogan November 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
@Frank: Anything I get will be posted on the site. Thanks for reaching out. -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor Nassau County
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