Fifteen people, using a music business, "Outta They League," as a front for a drug distribution operation in southern and central New York, were charged Thursday in White Plains federal court for drug trafficking, according to Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Calling themselves OTL, after the music business, the 15 members are accused of distributing multiple kilograms of cocaine throughout southern and central New York, including Poughkeepsie, Bharara said.
Twelve were taken into custody Thursday in White Plains. Malcolm Kinyon, the business owner, was previously arrested, and two others, Davion McAdams and Anton Miller remain at large, Bharara said.
“The defendants charged today allegedly used a music company, ‘Outta They League,’ as a front to run their drug trafficking business. These arrests take ‘Outta They League’ out of the business of drugs and violence. We thank the FBI, the New York State Police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, and our many local law enforcement partners for their extraordinary partnership on this case,” he said.
Individual OTL members and associates, including Brian Bowman, aka "Pony," Aaron Hardy, Nicholas Leyva, aka "Stay High," Davion McAdam, aka "Goat," Dante McNair, aka "Tay,", Jaquan McNair, aka "Quannie," Anton Miller, aka, "Anton Singleton, and aka "Nord," Daniel Spotard, aka "D," Vaughn Stokes, aka "Qua," Star Bermudez, Derrick Ensley, aka "Dirk," and Bryan Whittle, aka "Tall B," obtained wholesale quantities of cocaine on consignment from Kinyon, and then would resell they drugs and use the proceeds to repay him. Kinyon would then reinvest the money in additional drugs to keep the business afloat, Bharara said.
Neither the hometowns nor photos of those charged have been released.
They were all charged with narcotics conspiracy, and all but Jaquan McNair were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted, they face a minimum of 10 years for narcotics conspiracy and a maximum of life in prison. In addition, those charged with money laundering face another maximum of 20 years. The leader, Kinyon also faces 10 years for firearms trafficking.
Despite the negligible amounts of income derived from music, a bank account maintained by OTL received in excess of one million dollars between June 2013 through Jan. 2016, Bharara said.
In addition to trafficking narcotics, OTL members threatened the use of violence to keep dealers in line. OTL members and associates have been recorded discussing the use of violence, including the use of firearms and physical assaults, to ensure repayment for drug debts and to deter co-conspirators from providing information to law enforcement, the indictment said.
Kinyon was also charged with trafficking in firearms purchased in Virginia and brought to New York for resale to OTL members and associates.
“We are grateful for the coordinated efforts of our partners in law enforcement in bringing a successful indictment against these individuals," said City of Poughkeepsie Acting Police Chief Thomas Pape. "Mr. Bharara has once again shown that criminal activity will not be tolerated and that he will successfully coordinate efforts between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute those responsible for crimes committed in our communities.”
Bharara praised the investigative work of the FBI, the New York State Police, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.