12 Members and Associates of the “Route Boys” Charged with Multiple Burglaries, Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

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On June 28, 2022, a federal grand jury in Central Islip, New York returned an 18-count superseding indictment charging Carlos Acevedo, Ramon Collado, Naresh Deonarrain, Jason Liriano, Charlie Maisonet, Cavier Nedrick, Eric Nunez, Jose Rosado, Alberto Santiago and Jeffrey Vargas with conspiracy to commit burglary involving controlled substances. The superseding indictment, which was unsealed this morning, also charged the defendants, along with Jonathan Santiago, with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including ecstasy and fentanyl. Furthermore, the superseding indictment charged Luis Cerda, along with Collado, Liriano, Rosado and Alberto Santiago, with conspiracy to commit bank larceny. The defendants were also charged with several related firearms counts, including possessing a ghost gun.

According to court filings, the defendants are members and associates of a burglary and drug trafficking organization known as the “Route Boys.” Over the past two years, the defendants, along with other associates of the Route Boys, committed dozens of burglaries of pharmacies and convenience stores in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester and Rockland Counties, as well as in New Jersey and Connecticut. They then used social media to sell the controlled substances and frequently displayed images of themselves possessing firearms.

Earlier this morning, when agents arrested the defendants, they recovered several loaded guns and observed controlled substances in various defendants’ residences and cars. Acevedo, Cerda, Collado, Deonarrain, Maisonet, Nunez, Jonathan Santiago and Vargas were arrested this morning and will be arraigned on the superseding indictment later today in Central Islip, New York before United States Magistrate Judge Arlene R. Lindsay. Liriano, Nedrick, Rosado and Alberto Santiago are presently incarcerated on other charges and will be arraigned on a later date.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Keechant L. Sewell, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) announced the arrests and charges.

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“For two years the defendants went on a crime spree targeting local businesses throughout the Tri-State, stealing money and pharmaceuticals to fuel their illegal drug business, and frequently using firearms to commit their crimes,” stated United States Attorney Breon Peace. “This office is working tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to protect local businesses and put a stop to those who seek to endanger our communities from drugs or guns.”

Mr. Peace thanked the Suffolk County Police Department, Westchester Safe Streets Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance with the investigation.

“This criminal wrecking crew allegedly broke into businesses and pharmacies, stole prescription medications, and created havoc in their Hollywood style getaways,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Driscoll. “These drugs are protected because of how addictive and potentially deadly they can be. The members of this gang showed no regard for the damage they caused the businesses or the danger they put people’s lives in illegally pushing drugs, all to fuel their own greed.”

“The NYPD, in close cooperation with our state and federal partners, continues to focus its resources on the relatively small percentage of people responsible for much of our region’s crime and disorder,” stated NYPD Commissioner Sewell. “Neither the law-enforcement community nor the New Yorkers we serve will stand for our neighborhoods to be overrun by individuals or groups operating in illegal guns and drugs, and the havoc so often associated with them. I thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District, the FBI’s New York Field Office, the Nassau County Police Department, and all of our investigators for their hard work in this important case.”

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“The indictments of 12 members of the “Route Boys” is a clear example of the commitment by numerous law enforcement agencies as they continue to work cohesively to bring this group of dangerous felons to justice,” stated Nassau Police Commissioner Ryder. “The results of this extensive investigation will ensure the safety of the public and quality of life in Nassau County as we continue to exhibit a zero tolerance approach for all illegal criminal activity. I would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of all of the investigators and their agency’s for a job well done.”

As alleged in the indictment and other court filings, the Route Boys began committing burglaries in late 2020, breaking into convenience stores, check-cashing businesses, laundromats and restaurants, stealing primarily cash and tobacco products. In addition, they often stole free-standing ATMs, forcing them open and stealing the cash from inside the machine. The Route Boys then began targeting small “mom-and-pop” pharmacies throughout the Tri-State area.

Their pattern remained consistent throughout their crime wave: three to four participants would travel to multiple locations in quick succession on a given night, often in a stolen car, with stolen plates that were routinely switched to avoid detection, and then break into the business, either by smashing glass with crowbars, rocks or grinders. Once inside, the defendants or their associates quickly stole controlled substances – including oxycodone, alprazolam and promethazine-codeine cough syrup – and moved on to the next crime, often burglarizing several locations on a single night. After the Route Boys committed a crime, they routinely fled in stolen luxury vehicles at extremely high rates of speed, often crashing into other vehicles and endangering the lives of law enforcement officers and innocent citizens. Route Boys’ members, including Carlos Acevedo, Ramon Collado, Naresh Deonarrain, Jason Liriano, Charlie Maisonet, Cavier Nedrick, Eric Nunez, Jose Rosado, Alberto Santiago and Jeffrey Vargas used social media to sell the controlled substances and frequently displayed images of themselves possessing firearms, including high capacity magazines, scopes and multiple guns at once.

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If convicted, Carlos Acevedo, Ramon Collado, Naresh Deonarrain, Jason Liriano, Charlie Maisonet, Cavier Nedrick, Eric Nunez, Jose Rosado, Alberto Santiago, and Jeffrey Vargas all face up to life imprisonment. Jonathan Santiago faces a sentence of up to 40 years’ imprisonment, and Luis Cerda faces a sentence of up to 15 years’ imprisonment. The charges in the superseding indictment are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Samantha Alessi and Andrew Wenzel are in charge of the prosecution, with the assistance of paralegal specialist Dejah Turla.

The Defendants:

CARLOS ACEVEDO (also known as “AM” and “Cartier_a.m”)
Age: 25
Brooklyn, New York

LUIS CERDA
Age: 32
Queens, New York

RAMON COLLADO (also known as “Greedy”, “greedy.billzz” and “greedyyt2gg”)
Age: 25
Brooklyn, New York

NARESH DEONARRAIN (also known as “Kans” and “nocheck_kans”)
Age: 26
Brooklyn, New York

JASON LIRIANO (also known as “S.L. and jay_bigfella”)
Age: 24
Brooklyn, New York

CHARLIE MAISONET (also known as “Charlie_._rb”)
Age: 20
Brooklyn, New York

CAVIER NEDRICK (also known as “Chief”, “big.chiefs” and “_bigchiefsrb”)
Age: 25
Hauppauge, New York

ERIC NUNEZ (also known as “Tok” and “therealtok”)
Age: 25
Brooklyn, New York

JOSE ROSADO (also known as “Cream” and “elite_cream”)
Age: 29
Queens, New York

ALBERTO SANTIAGO (also known as “Kom” and “dot._kom._”)
Age: 26
Queens, New York

JONATHAN SANTIAGO (also known as “Chop”)
Age: 23
Franklin Square, New York

JEFFREY VARGAS (also known as “Chito” and “chito_1838”)
Age: 22
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 21-451 (S-2) (GRB)