Retired NY police officer charged with killing four men in drug deal

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A retired police officer has been accused of killing 4 males who went lacking throughout a drug deal this yr, and authorities have found the stays of 4 our bodies on property linked to him.

Nicholas Tartaglione was arrested on Monday on costs of homicide and conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms and extra of cocaine, U.S. Lawyer Preet Bharara stated.

"Whereas all murders tear on the material of our communities, when the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style, quadruple murder is a former police officer, that strikes on the coronary heart of civilized society," Bharara stated.

Tartaglione, who used to work for the Briarcliff Manor police division and lives in Otisville, pleaded not responsible. His lawyer, Mark DeMarco, didn't instantly return a phone message requesting remark.

Prosecutors stated Tartaglione participated within the killing of Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna and Hector Gutierrez in April in and round a bar referred to as the Likquid Lounge in Chester whereas conspiring to promote cocaine. They stated a few of the victims have been simply within the flawed place on the improper time.

"These 4 males had not been seen or heard from because the day of their alleged homicide," stated Bharara, who hoped the arrest introduced "some measure of consolation to the victims' households and family members."

Chester police Chief Peter Graziano stated one or two of the victims had been concerned in some sort of drug exercise.

He advised The Journal News the 4 our bodies have been recovered in Otisville, about 60 miles north of New York Metropolis, on Tuesday on property rented by Tartagliano. He stated the stays have been being despatched to the county's medical expert's workplace for identification.

Tartaglione, who's 49 years previous, joined the Briarcliff Manor police division in 1996 after stints as a police officer in Mount Vernon and Pawling, The Journal Information stated. He retired on incapacity in 2008.

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