Nicholas Tartaglione is a cop turned drug dealer. Recently, inside a New York bar, Nicholas allegedly killed four men in “gangland style.”
Nicholas Tartaglione: The Murder
Furthermore, it was alleged that the murder was committed as part of an alleged plan to sell more than five kilograms of cocaine.
Accordingly, the 49-year-old former cop has been charged in federal court. He was charged with the murders of Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna and Hector Gutierrez.
A Justice Department press release said that these men were last seen in Chester, New York, in April.
Nicholas, a former police officer in Briarcliff Manor, was arrested for murder charges on Monday.
He was also charged for his role in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara.
“While all murders tear at the fabric of our communities, when the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style, quadruple homicide is a former police officer, that strikes at the heart of civilized society,” Bharara said.
“As alleged, Nicholas Tartaglione, a former Briarcliff Manor police officer, participated in the senseless murder of four people in a bar in Chester, New York.”
He also said that the four victims had not been seen or heard from since the day of their reported murder. Furthermore, he hoped that the arrest would bring some amount of comfort in lives of the victims’ families.
The press release also said that two among the four victims, were in the “wrong place at the wrong time.” This was when they were murdered.
Nicholas Tartaglione: Background
According to The Journal News, Nicholas’ law enforcement career was full of controversies.
In 1996, he joined Briarcliff Manor police after leaving the Mount Vernon and Pawling police departments. However, in 1999, Nicholas was arrested on grounds of perjury.
He lied during a hearing about a drunken driving arrest he had made. Although he was acquitted of the charges, however, he was fired from the police department for the violation.
Despite such an event, Nicholas got back his job in 2003.
Nicholas was also accused of beating and harassing a local TV host Clay Tiffany. Briarcliff Manor ultimately settled a lawsuit with Tiffany.
He retired in 2008 on disability. Because of this, he had been receiving an annual tax-free pension of $64,000.
Nicholas, if convicted, would face a minimum of 20 years in prison on each of the murder charges. He could face up to life sentence or death sentence.