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Gang Kingpin Accused of Running Murderous Empire From Prison
New York Times ^ | December 21, 2019 | Nicole Hong

Posted on 12/21/2019 1:59:38 PM PST by karpov

He went to prison for attempted murder and robbery, expecting to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

That did not stop his ambitions, prosecutors said.

On Friday, a new indictment accused the man, Howard Smith, of leading a murderous New York street gang from inside a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, where he had been incarcerated since 2004.

The indictment said Mr. Smith, 49, would give orders through prison phone calls, including once directing a gang member to carry out an act of violence last year, saying anyone who disobeyed the order would be kicked out of the gang.

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Gang members had to memorize an elaborate coded language that would allow the phone calls from prison to go undetected. Anyone listening in would be thoroughly confused.

Investigators were able to crack the code when they found handwritten sheets of paper that detailed the secret language. For instance, cocaine was “A-Rod,” and heroin was “home invasion.” Gang members referred to people suspected of cooperating with law enforcement as “college dropouts.” Guns were often called “duffles.”

The indictment charged the gang with carrying out two murders near Bedford-Stuyvesant. One of the victims was a Brick Squad member himself. He was gunned down in December 2017 when the gang had mistakenly believed he was cooperating with law enforcement. The other, a member of a rival family, was shot and killed in April 2018 after a long feud.

Both murders were captured on nearby surveillance footage.

After one of the murders, the indictment said, Mr. Smith promoted the two men who handled the killing.

Prosecutors said the gang made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year selling illegal drugs, including heroin laced with fentanyl.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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Two reasons to keep the death penalty are to deter people in prison for life from committing more crimes and to incapacitate truly dangerous criminals.
1 posted on 12/21/2019 1:59:38 PM PST by karpov
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Two reasons to keep the death penalty are to deter people in prison for life from committing more crimes and to incapacitate truly dangerous criminals.
But, but...how would the NY politicos make up for the loss of their kickb---*...er, campaign donations?
2 posted on 12/21/2019 2:05:55 PM PST by Bratch (IF YOU HAVE SELFISH IGNORANT CITIZENS, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE SELFISH IGNORANT LEADERS-George Carlin)
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Two reasons to keep the death penalty are to deter people in prison for life from committing more crimes and to incapacitate truly dangerous criminals.

All true.

3 posted on 12/21/2019 2:07:04 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: karpov

twenty thumbs up !


4 posted on 12/21/2019 2:07:43 PM PST by A strike ( Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: karpov

And zero recidivism.


5 posted on 12/21/2019 2:13:23 PM PST by A strike ( Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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Headline from the future about Hellary?


6 posted on 12/21/2019 2:15:33 PM PST by VanShuyten ("...that all the donkeys were dead. I know nothing as to the fate of the less valuable animals.")
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This is so.....not shocking.


7 posted on 12/21/2019 2:29:20 PM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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heroin was “home invasion.”

They sure picked an innocuous term! “Dis way, da cops’ll just think we’re planning an armed assault!” “It’s genius, boss!”
8 posted on 12/21/2019 2:32:14 PM PST by Rastus
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My thoughts exactly.


9 posted on 12/21/2019 2:42:19 PM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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