Dastardly duo: Federal jury convicts Canarsie father-and-son gang members on racketeering charges

This bad apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

A Canarsie father and son could each spend up to 20 years in prison after a jury convicted them on racketeering charges in federal court this month.

Jurors on Dec. 10 found Winston Cargill, 56, and his 36-year-old son Tammeco Cargill — both members of a Southern Brooklyn–based gang called the “Nineties Crew” — guilty of distributing and possessing marijuana, as well as passport fraud, following an eight-day trial.

The punishment they face is a worthy retribution for their corrupt behavior, according to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue.

“Nineties Crew members Tammeco Cargill and his father Winston Cargill have been held to account for the drug crimes inflicted on their neighborhood,” Donoghue said.

The two men served as long-time members of the gang, which earned hundreds of thousands of dollars trafficking marijuana while operating numerous stash houses in Flatbush and Canarsie between 2003–14, according to court documents.

The defendants also produced fake U.S. passports they used to travel to and from Jamaica as part of their criminal scheme, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Prosecutors worked with federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and detectives from the city’s Police Department to build their case against the defendants, according to Donoghue, who cheered all involved after jury declared the men guilty.

“I commend the DEA special agents and the NYPD detectives for their outstanding work in this case,” he said.

The Cargills’ sentencing date has yet to be set, according to Donoghue’s spokesman John Marzulli.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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