An ex-Westchester cop faced charges of executing four men in a cocaine deal as investigators dug up new evidence on his sprawling upstate farm — a quartet of bodies, authorities said Wednesday.
Sources told the Daily News that Nicholas Tartaglione, 49, whacked the quartet in a bar this past April when the deal for five kilos of cocaine went south inside the Likquid Lounge in Chester.
Investigators used a backhoe to excavate the bodies Tuesday afternoon on the 178-acre Otisville, N.Y., property, where local residents noticed a horrific stench in recent days. The remains were not immediately identified.
“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.
“When the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style, quadruple homicide is a former police officer, that strikes at the heart of civilized society,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.