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Gang members charged with racketeering under RICO Act

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit detectives have enhanced charges for four gang members utilizing the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

osc-coSheriffMarlen Ramos-Vasquez, 43, Joey Hernandez, 24, both of 1500 Caloosa St., Intercession City; William Junior Tosado, 23, of 2282 Chardonnay Court, Kissimmee; and Justin Conde, 19, of 321 E. Vine St., Kissimmee, are members of the Almighty Latin King Queen Nation.

Between July and September of 2013, they participated in multiple felony crimes in order to promote and further the interest of their gang affiliation, Sheriff’s Office reports stated. Those crimes included armed robbery, burglary, grand theft, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, battery and dealing in stolen property.

Florida law allows law enforcement the ability to increase the penalties for suspects who commit gang related offenses. In addition, the suspects can be charged with racketeering under the state RICO statutes. All four suspects are currently in the Osceola County Jail. The investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending.