District Attorney’s Office Aided in Federal Investigation into Newburgh Street Gang
Investigation Conducted by FBI, ATF and City of Newburgh Police Department
United States Attorney’s Office Prosecuting 20 Defendants connected to with
“Southside” Street Gang
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler joined Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Ashan M. Benedict, the New York Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), and Joe Cortiz, the Chief of the City of Newburgh Police Department, in announcing the unsealing of an Indictment charging a total of 20 defendants with various racketeering, narcotics, and firearms offenses in connection with a street gang known as “Southside,” in Newburgh, New York.
A copy of the press release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, pertaining to the indictments is attached.
District Attorney Hoovler praised the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the FBI, ATF, and the City of Newburgh Police Department for their work on the case, and acknowledged the contributions made to the case by the Town of Newburgh Police Department, the New York State Police, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Town of New Windsor Police Department, and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.