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Retired NY Westchester cop charged with killing four in cocaine deal after bodies dug up on his property


An ex-Westchester cop faced charges of executing four men in a cocaine deal as investigators dug up evidence on his sprawling upstate farm — a quartet of bodies, authorities said Tuesday. Sources told the  News that Nicholas Tartaglione, 49, whacked the four at an Orange County bar this past April when the deal for 5 kilos of cocaine went south. He then allegedly took the 30-minute car ride north from the Likquid Lounge in Chester to his home and buried the bodies there. Investigators used a backhoe to excavate the bodies Tuesday afternoon on the 178-acre Otisville property, where local residents noticed a horrific stench in recent days. The remains were not immediately identified. Witness set to testify against cop killed 'Don Corleone'-style “I go to my chicken coop, and I see the backhoe digging, and it scares me because now I know what they’re digging for,” said neighbor Kerri-Ann Lynch, 45. “I’d have never suspected this. One local acquainted with Tartaglione echoed Lynch’s tale of a bad odor coming from the property. “It really smelled of death, but then it disappeared after a couple of days,” the neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said. The ex-cop was arraigned in Manhattan Federal Court for killing Martin Luna, 41; Urbano Santiago, 32; Miguel Luna, 25, and Hector Gutierrez, 43, as part of his involvement in a drug conspiracy, officials said. 


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