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Asian-Run Northern Virginia Gang Ran Major Drug Operation, Prosecutors Say

The Reccless Tigers "intentionally employ, hire, use, persuade, induce and entice persons under 18 years of age to assist in avoiding detection," prosecutors say

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    Gang Members Charged in Major Drug Operation

    Almost two dozen gang members face charges of running a big drug-dealing operation in Northern Virginia. The charges come after an investigation that involved both Fairfax County Police and the FBI. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports several of the gang members are also suspects in the killing of a young Fairfax County man. (Published Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019)

    A little-known, Asian-run gang in Northern Virginia flooded the Washington, D.C., suburbs with drugs and recruited teenagers to sell them to avoid detection, prosecutors say.

    Nearly two dozen suspected members of the Reccless Tigers gang face federal charges of running an armed, large-scale drug operation, News4 is first to report.

    Some members also are suspected of killing a man who testified against a member of the gang, sources tell News4.

    Six suspected members of the gang appeared in federal court in Alexandria on Thursday after an investigation by Fairfax County police and the FBI. A total of 20 people face charges.

    The Reccless Tigers are not well-known to the public in the D.C. area. But police are well aware of them. They say its leaders, of Asian descent, move large quantities of drugs from California to Northern Virginia. They are accused of selling cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Ecstasy and more than 1,000 marijuana plants.

    They recruit teens to sell the drugs. Members "intentionally employ, hire, use, persuade, induce and entice persons under 18 years of age to assist in avoiding detection," court documents say.

    The gang is known for running a sophisticated operation, said Jay Lanham, head of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force.

    "If you compare them to Latino gangs we deal with, such as MS-13, I would describe them as being more organized. They tend to go after those crimes where they can make a lot of money, like drug dealing and extortion," said Lanham, who did not work on the case.

    Some members of the gang are suspected of killing a 21-year-old man. He was last seen on Jan. 31 at a convenience store in Fairfax County with two young men associated with the gang. According to a search warrant affidavit, the man was a witness to a robbery committed by a Reccless Tiger. The gang "attempted to buy his silence," the document says, but he went to court anyway and testified.

    Police believe he is dead. His body has never been found.

    Sources close to the case say they expect members of the gang will be charged soon in the man's murder.

    The defendants are:

    Peter Le
    Dane Nicholas Hughes
    Anthony Nguyen Thanh Le
    Angel Hoang Le
    Joseph Duk-Hyun Lamborn
    Spencer Pak
    Richard Pak
    Tasneef Ahmed Chowdhury
    Joshua Andrew Miliaresis
    Sang Thanh Huynh
    Young Yoo
    David Thai Hoang Nguyen
    Zachary Cassella
    Khalil Yasin
    Kyu Wa Hong
    Sascha Amadeus Carlisle
    Fahah Fakrudin Abdulkadir

    The names of three additional defenants were redacted from court documents.

    A trial for the drug and gun charges is expected to start in February.  

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