Leader of Newburgh street gang charged with murder, firearms offenses


WHITE PLAINS – The former leader of the “Southside” street gang in the City of Newburgh could be spending the rest of his life in federal prison for ordering the murder of another man in 2016.

Ardae Hines, 33, also known as “Young Money” and “YM”, is currently in federal custody serving a 2019 sentence for racketeering and narcotics conspiracy.

It is alleged by the indictment that Hines argued with Deandric Little in Newburgh on August 1, 2016, and instructed another person to shoot and kill Little, which he did.

The Southside Gang was a criminal enterprise in and around the intersection of South Street and Chambers Street that operated from at least 2014 through June 2017. To protect the gang’s territory and promote the gang’s standing, its members engaged in narcotics trafficking, robbery, and other acts including murder.

To that end, members sold heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana in its territory, promoted their gang affiliation on social media including Facebook, possessed firearms, and engaged in shootings as part of their membership.

If convicted of murder, Hines faces up to life in prison.

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