9 Newburgh Gang Members Arrested for Drug and Gun Possession
9 alleged Newburgh gang members were indicted Wednesday for committing various narcotics and firearms offenses as part of an organization known as the “Yellow Tape Money Gang.”
“These defendants allegedly sought to invoke the violence of a crime scene by calling themselves the ‘Yellow Tape Money Gang,’ and using this vivid imagery, they allegedly pumped large quantities of crack cocaine into the streets of Newburgh,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated.
Tryin Gayle, LaQuan Falls, Gabriel Warren, David Brown, Brendan Germaine, Rashun Evans, Laquavious Boykin, Brittany Hall, and Christopher Jackson, were all charged with narcotics conspiracy. Evans was additionally charged with possession of a firearm.
According to the indictment, from October 2015 through May 16, the group conspired to sell crack cocaine in and around Newburgh, referring to themselves as the “Yellow Tape Money Gang,” or “YTMG” for short. The gang was led, at different times, by Gayle, Falls, and Warren.
Officials learned the group called themselves the “Yellow Tape Money Gang,” based on the yellow caution tape that authorities use to block off dead bodies following a murder. The reference was apparently meant as a warning to rival gang members that they would need yellow tape if they crossed the “YTMG.”
“We believe the arrests today will make a significant dent in the violent crime that has been escalating recently in the City of Newburgh,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez said in a statement. “Our actions should also serve as a warning to others that the FBI Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force and the City of Newburgh Police Department are not going away.”