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Violent Gang Members Planned to Kill Rivals Before Police Intervened: DA

By Katie Honan | March 10, 2017 12:38pm | Updated on March 13, 2017 8:56am

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A local gang plot to assassinate two rivals was foiled after officers overheard the scheme on a wiretap that was part of a larger investigation into the group, the DA said.

Members of the Always Bangin' Kings, or ABK, planned to kill two members of the Latin Kings near a bar on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights last December, but police who were listening in arrested them before they could carry it out, according to the DA.

Prosecutors charged four ABK members — Michael "Ceoz" Aalil, 20, of Elmhurst; Francis "Franchise" Carias, 29, of East Elmhurst; Dionicio "Dime" Castro, 23, of Woodside; and Michael "Tunes" Cortes, 24, of Jackson Heights — with second-degree attempted murder, gang assault, and criminal possession of a firearm and weapons charges. Two other members who are minors pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy, prosecutors said.

Three more ABK members were also arrested on gang assault charges after attacking a man at a fast-food restaurant in Woodside last month, officials said. Jennifer Charris, 31, of Elmhurst; Anthony Delgado, 21, of Corona; and Margaret Lynch-Frazier, 27, of Sunnyside face between 25 to life in prison if convicted, the DA said.

Nearly a dozen other ABK members were busted on drug charges for selling marijuana, cocaine, Ketamine and Xanax mixed with the dangerously-potent fentanyl, selling to undercover officers multiple times in Elmhurst and Maspeth, according to officials.

The arrested members are also linked to a stabbing of a teenager at Travers Park in Jackson Heights last May, police said. 

The commanding officer of the 115th Precinct vowed last year to "take back" the parks from the violent gangs, which include the ABK and Latin Kings.