Bloods Gang Leader Pleads Guilty in 2011 OMC Drug Bust

June 2011 FBI raid led to arrest of 14 individuals at Old Mill Court apartment complex.

A Bloods gang leader arrested in a June 2011 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid of an Old Mill Court based crack-cocaine ring pleaded guilty to dealing cocaine Thursday in federal court in Central Islip, according to reports.

Latee Smith was one of 14 people arrested on June 1 in a group that authorities said "dominated the narcotics trade in Rockville Centre's Old Mill Court apartment complex."

According to the United States Attorney's Office, four of the defendants, including Smith, are members of the United Blood Nation (Bloods) — a violent street gang.

Newsday [paid link] reported:

While Smith lived in Hempstead, many of those arrested lived in Rockville Centre, officials said. In pleading guilty, Smith briefly admitted to his role in the drug dealing, and mainly answered in a crisp "Yes, sir," to other questions asked by federal magistrate William Wall.

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At the time of the raid, Robert Nardoza, spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office, said that a four-month joint investigation by the FBI, Rockville Centre Police Department and Nassau County Police Department revealed a narcotics distribution ring operating in the Old Mill Court apartment complex.

FBI spokesman James Margolin said that the raid itself was the culmination of a 14-month investigation led by the RVCPD.

Smith faces up to life in prison. He is likely to get a sentence of between 19 to 24 years under a plea agreement.

Frank November 16, 2012 at 08:04 PM
to all the OMC peeps: What happened? I thought you guys said that there's no gang in OMC and it's all hype by the PO PO?
Tea Party Supporter November 16, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Told them all
Bleep November 16, 2012 at 09:35 PM
uh no. i said that rvc is no different then any other area. it has its good side and its bad side. i also said that not everyone who lives on omc are drug dealers or gang members and knocking down peoples homes in that area wasnt going to solve the problem. THAT was my stand point and i still stand by what i said.
Frank November 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Good to hear from you Bleep! The comment made was a general one. I know what you said, but many said otherwise. True, not everyone who lives at omc are drug dealers or gang members, but the door kicking seemed to produce 14 suspects, all who have pleaded GUILTY. For a little 164-unit complex, it sure produces more criminals than the general population. Regardless of what we say, this problem needs to be addressed. Do you prefer this negative attention to continue as the "new normal". Hate to think you find this level of attention "tolerable"
Lovely me November 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Wow OMC is hood central, they just need to get rid of it RVC is to nice to have OMC there
JusThinking November 17, 2012 at 02:32 PM
It pains me to look at comments left by people who have stigmatic view on life and the people who make up the community in which they dwell. It is also sad in the way that the media portrays the individuals and the occurrences that's take place. As with any community there are good and there are bad things that will happen. It is rather unfortunate that all negativity is associated with a small section of the community when there are unpleasing event all through out this town. There are positive things that take place in this community as well but those events being publicized are rare. Just out of curiosity where might I be able to find the statistics to the statement about how more criminals are produced than in the general population? Getting rid of the "hood central" is a rather juvenile and belligerent way to solving a problem. Just because something is flawed you do not get rid of it, you figure out a way to make imperfections functional. All of the OMC residents are not criminals nor do they condone or engage in criminal activities. The community has had a decline over the years, as the social and communal activities have decrease. If there were more programs that gave the youth productive outlets changing the mentality of a person and giving them another way to look at life and the opportunities it holds then they would be able to walk away from the things that they see as the "norm". Not everyone will agree but these are just my thoughts.
That RVC guy November 18, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Jus thinking...the media is to blame here? Your post is so full of the typical liberal angst, its not even funny; You want a program for OMC? How about the one my kids are in. Its called attending and participating in one of the best school systems in NYS...or you are out of your free apt. People wont be accountable until they are held accountable. Treating them like subhumans who need social and communal activities planned for them is what perpetuated this situation to begin with. Arrested? You're family is out. Kids dont attend or fail school? You're out. Now that right there is a terrific life lesson. Coddling and lib hand wringing is latent racism at its most insideous....you betray the very people whose interests you purport to champion. You want to call the views of others juvenile, examine your own tired, faulty perceptions with an adult eye first.
Dave Kloven November 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
???? justhinking, you need to change your name to jushoping.... I understand some people have the philosophy of "community rehabilitation" , however, most of us are realists. The first step in solving ANY problem is identifying it. You cannot fix a problem if a) cant identify it b) dont want to identify it c) refuse to identify .. That is the main problem here.. Think about examples of community change (anywhere in our country) through out our history... When a community deteriorates it becomes plagued by poverty,crime, drug use etc... It will then deteriorate until it is baron.. Burned out and condemned buildings force the community to abandon the area. It is only then that the area will swing to the rebuilding stage... Harlem, Bed sty, Crown Heights, Greenpoint are all examples of areas that were once "ghettos" that are beginning to rebuild and show positive results.. pumping money, building new community centers on every corner in the "ghetto", funding "community programs" and over sympathizing has never worked, and never will work.. because it ignores the problem...
Brutally Frank November 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Spare us the social worker crap. OMC is a typical of many minority housing developments, rife with crime. Why we in RVC are plagued with it it still don't understand. There are endless "programs" for these kids but crime always seems to win out as a high interest way to live one's life. I am tired of it. There is a a reason our prisons are mostly filled with minorities. And by the way I voted for Obama twice. Disabuse yourself of any notion that I am a racist, I am merely a realist.
Frank November 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Get Up and Get Get down... OMC is a joke in your Town. Hey Mayor Murray? Where's the update on OMC (six months past due)?
Frank November 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
@ Matthew Hogan. Before Anthony resigned, he was chasing down Mayor Murray on an update on OMC. Are you following up on it as well?
Matthew Hogan November 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
@Frank: Anything I get will be posted on the site. Thanks for reaching out. -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor Nassau County
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