Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WHITE PLAINS – Officials announced the unsealing of an Indictment charging Markel Overton, Thomas Blanton, Marquis Collier, Kadeem Dinham, Donnie Dixon, Raheem Jones, Jamaal Sinclair, and Noel Smith, with various crimes relating to racketeering, narcotics, and firearms offenses.

The defendants have been charged as a result of their membership in the “Goonies” street gang that operated in the City of Mount Vernon, New York. Overton was arrested on these charges Wednesday. Collier and Dixon were arrested on these charges.

Dinham, who was already in custody on state charges, was transferred to federal custody; Blanton, Sinclair, and Smith, who were also already in custody on state charges, will be transferred to federal custody as soon as possible; and Jones was already in federal custody on related charges.

According to the Indictment[1] unsealed in White Plains federal court:

From 2007 to 2017, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, Overton, Blanton, Dinham, Dixon, Jones, Sinclair, and Smith were members or associates of a racketeering enterprise known as the “Goonies.”

In order to fund the enterprise, protect and expand its interests, and promote its standing, members and associates of the Goonies committed, conspired, attempted, and threatened to commit acts of violence, including attempted murder and robbery; they conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute narcotics; and they obtained, possessed, and used firearms, including by brandishing and firing them.

Blanton, Collier, Dinham, Dixon, and Jones also conspired with one another, and certain other members of the Goonies, to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana.

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