A man who was involved in a Coney Island-based gang known as “Mermaids” was arraigned this week in federal court for his alleged role in a double-murder and widespread drug-dealing — all part of his gang’s effort to one-up a rival group and maintain power in Coney Island, according to prosecutors.
Nabiu Mansaray, the second member of “Mermaids” to face charges following his arrest last month, is facing time for racketeering, narcotics trafficking, murder in aid of racketeering, and unlawful use of firearms.
Mansaray and co-defendant Frank Smith allegedly murdered Terrance Serrano and Rashawn Washington — members of the rival “Thirty-O” gang who were killed in Oct. 2010 after a night out at a nightclub in Manhattan.
Mansaray and Smith were were said to have carried out attempted murders, robberies, intimidation, and assault, according to the indictment.
Smith was busted and indicted last year before racketeering charges were tacked on, prosecutors said, while Mansaray, 33, was living in Maryland at the time of his arrest.
Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District Bridget M. Rohde, FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr., and NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill announced the charges. The bust was a part of a nationwide “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program aimed at reducing gun violence.