Thursday, July 2, 2009

Top 6 Gang

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Authorities this anniversary decapitated the top bank of Palm Beach County's belled Top 6 gang, arresting 11 men whose crimes ranged from attempted annihilation to robberies and cocaine distribution.

The operation dealt a cogent draft to the administration of the bent accumulation whose associates accept been affiliated to 150 shootings and at atomic 14 homicides in Palm Beach County, authorities said.

Top 6, which began as a baby rap accumulation in Lake Worth and thrived until it became one of the a lot of criminally successful- and brutal- gangs in South Florida, may see an abrasion in its capabilities because of the battleground sweep, authorities said.

The arrests apparent just the added time that the RICO statute- already acclimated to nab mobsters like those in the Bonanno, Colombo and Lucchese abomination families- was acclimated on artery assemblage associates in the county.

"This is allotment of the basis of the group, top-tier guys," said Palm Beach Canton Sheriff's Appointment Lt. Mike Wallace, who's agitated crimes assignment force was one of 13 local, accompaniment and federal agencies accommodating in the investigation. "We've aching them."

The arrests, which stemmed from indictments handed down from a statewide admirable board investigation, netted eleven Top 6 associates in Boynton Beach and Lake Worth on racketeering and added charges.

Those answerable were agitator Futo Charles, 27, and Carlington Gordon, 23, who were already in Palm Beach Canton Jail. John Jerome, 25, and Smith Dort, 21, were in accompaniment prison. Thomy Thomas, 26, Daniello Olius, 29, Ernst Exavier, 24, Jessee Thomas, 22, Wilson Gilles, 20, and Danel Jerome, 21, were all arrested on the streets Thursday night. Wilbertson Noelzinord was arrested Friday morning.

Bail for anniversary of the eight defendants in cloister Friday morning was set at $1 actor on the racketeering charges. Some defendants are aswell answerable with added crimes that added their bond by a few thousand dollars.

The adjudicator aswell ordered that the defendants accommodate affidavit that their bond money comes from a acknowledged antecedent afore it can be posted.

The aboriginal beachcomber of arrests stemming from the analysis came in December, if 10 associates of the Sur 13 assemblage based in the Westgate adjacency in burghal West Palm Beach were swept up on racketeering charges.

As allotment of the racketeering case adjoin the declared Top 6 members, board listed 85 crimes dating aback to 2002 affiliated with the gang. They are predominantly biologic and gun accuse and abandon adjoin law administration officers.

Top 6 has developed to cover about 350 associates who ascendancy at atomic 10 predominantly Haitian or Haitian-American neighborhood-based gangs in Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, Lantana and Boynton Beach. The assemblage has aswell advance to Miami, Orlando and Tallahassee.

Top 6 has been affiliated to some of the counties a lot of agitated crimes, like the killing of Berno Charlemond, 24, attempt to afterlife at the Boynton Beach Mall on Christmas Eve 2006, and a March 2007 backyard annihilation in which three men were dead and four others alarmingly blood-soaked in the rear of a Lake Worth home.

"These are guys that ruin family's lives, " said sheriff's appointment Col. Michael Gauger.

Investigators congenital the case beneath Florida's racketeering statute, accepted as RICO, which has been acclimated to yield down mobsters but has become a weapon adjoin artery gangs. It allows for stiffer penalties for crimes committed as allotment of an organized group.

"Most of these assemblage associates don't even apperceive how to spell Rico," said FDLE appropriate abettor Mike Driscoll. "They don't apperceive what it is."

Who they are:

  • Futo Charles, 27, declared as a Top 6 "ringleader" and "enforcer" by authorities, has done bastille time for a ambit of biologic offenses. Last July, he allegedly approved to shoot and annihilate Lucius Brown, 23, afterwards Brown fought with Top 6 associates about area two canicule earlier.
  • Carlington Gordon, 23, allegedly attempt at addition assemblage member's abode in burghal West Palm Beach.
  • Thomy Thomas, 26, and two added Top 6 associates were stabbed alfresco a Lake Worth night club in January 2005 as allotment of a assemblage dispute.
  • Daniello Olius, 29, served about two years in bastille for biologic and robbery offenses.
  • Ernst Exavier, 24, was one of three men stabbed during a affray alfresco a Lake Worth bar in December 2004.
  • Smith Dort, 21, has a history of robbery and biologic offenses and is currently in bastille for aggravating to escape while he was a prisoner.
  • Jessee Thomas, 22, has a history of weapon and biologic arrests.
  • John Jerome, 25, is confined on a weapons allegation and for beat from law enforcement.
  • Wilson Gilles, 20, is on acquittal for gun and biologic arrests.
  • Danel Jerome, 21, has a history of burglary, gun and biologic arrests.
  • Wilbertson Noelzinord, 22, was attempt during a March 2007 backyard annihilation in which three men were dead and four others alarmingly blood-soaked in Lake Worth.
(info: Palmbeachpost)