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Alleged NWI Two Sixers indicted in federal court

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Four alleged members of the Two Six Nation--what the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana describes as a “violent criminal enterprise”--have been indicted in federal court in connection with a 2003 murder in East Chicago.

A superseding indictment returned on Thursday names Jesus Valentin Fuentes, 39, of Chicago and East Chicago; Kiontay Kyare Pennington, 34, of Gary; Oscar Cosme, 41, of East Chicago; and Adron Herschel Tancil, 36, also of East Chicago.

According to the indictment, Fuentes was one of the local leaders of the Two Six Nation who in November 2003 directed fellow members to kidnap the family of Julio Cartagena--also a Two Sixer--in an effort to recover a large quantity of cocaine stolen by Cartagena from Fuentes. Henderson, Pennington, and other Two Six members kidnapped Cartagena’s children and the mother of his children at gunpoint from their home in Hammond, the indictment alleges. Hammond Police soon were subsequently able to rescue the family, none of them harmed.

The indictment further alleges that Fuentes directed Two Six members to kidnap Julio Cartagena and that, on May 16, 2003, Louis Henderson, Pennington, and Tancil--all alleged Two Six members--and Oscar Cosme, an associate of Henderson, shot and killed Cartagena in East Chicago during an attempted kidnapping. After the shooting these four individuals fled the scene in a vehicle driven by Henderson, the vehicle crashed, and Henderson was killed, the indictment alleges.

The indictment:

* Count I charges Pennington, Tancil, and Fuentes with murder in aid of racketeering and kidnapping.

* Count II charges Pennington, Cosme, Tancil, and Fuentes with the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime (distribution of cocaine) and crimes of violence (murder and kidnapping).

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the FBI, the East Chicago Police Department, and the Hammond Police Department.


Posted 11/22/2013