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MS-13 gang members accused of plotting revenge murders, Queens DA says

Officials said they also foiled a home invasion after overhearing gang members planning to bust into a Kew Gardens Hills home where there was supposedly $80,000 in cash.

Twelve MS-13 gang members have been indicted on various charges after investigators uncovered revenge murder plots and an attempt to steal $80,000 from one home, the Queens District Attorney's office announced Wednesday.

A main defendant, Jorge "Terrible" Andrade, 35, of Jamaica, was heard on wiretaps planning a hit on a rival Latin King gang member by bashing him in the head with a baseball bat in retaliation for the June shooting of two MS-13 members, authorities said. He photographed the victim's vehicle in August, and that same month, two accomplices wearing bloody clothing were caught blocks from the stabbing of the Latin Kings member, authorities said. 

In another plot, Andrade and fellow gang members decided to kill a one-time MS-13 member who had left the gang and blacked out his MS-13 tattoo, officials said. When the location and time of the planned killing were revealed, law enforcement officers "raced to the scene," thwarting what could have been a homicide, prosecutors said.

According to court papers, authorities also arrested two gang members who allegedly beat two men with metal pipes. They also foiled a home invasion after overhearing gang members planning to bust into a Kew Gardens Hills home where there was supposedly $80,000 in cash, and seized cocaine, marijuana, drug packaging materials and guns, officials said.

The suspects, who range in age from 20 to 35, were either arraigned Wednesday or were awaiting arraignment Wednesday night on charges that ranged from conspiracy and attempted murder to drug and weapons possession. 

The indictments stem from joint investigations by the district attorney's office, the NYPD and federal homeland security agents.

Andrade was indicted on second-degree conspiracy, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was awaiting arraignment Wednesday night and faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted on all charges, prosecutors said.

Two others could also face up to 50 years if convicted: Jorge “Jester” Rivera, 27, of Jamaica, and Brandon “Little Boy" Tzul, 21, of Jamaica. Each was charged with second-degree conspiracy in connection with the alleged plot to kill a rival gang member, officials said. Police also seized 28 bags of cocaine and a fake pistol from Rivera's home, prosecutors said.

Bail for Rivera was set at $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash. Tzul's bail was set at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash.

Rivera’s attorney, Russell Rothberg of Valley Stream, said his client pleaded not guilty to the charges. “He says he’s not a member of MS-13,” Rothberg said.

Attorneys for Andrade and Tzul could not be immediately reached Wednesday night.

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