Another arrest has been made in the undercover cocaine distribution investigation of the Young Gunnerz gang dubbed Operation Trojan Horse.
A superseding indictment handed up Wednesday in Rensselaer County Court charges Guionna Fields with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She is the 21st person now named in a yearlong investigation into a drug pipeline that pumped large amounts of cocaine from New York City onto Capital Region streets. It was allegedly organized and run by the gang from North Troy.
Assistant Attorney General Michael Sharpe said Fields — whose age and address were not immediately available — allegedly an associate of Joshua "Shellz" Lewis, 25, of Watervliet. Lewis was indicted in August and reindicted and arraigned Wednesday before Judge Debra Young on 16 felony counts Wednesday in the ongoing investigation. Lewis has pleaded not guilty and is in Rensselaer County Jail without bail.
He was one of five people who appeared to have been tipped off about the sealed indictment back in August and eluded capture. He was found in North Carolina earlier this month and returned to Troy to be charged.
Prosecutors continue to investigate the leaks.
Sharpe said Wednesday that on that trip back from the South, conversations Lewis had with officers led to the identification of Fields and prompted the office of state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to re-present the Lewis case before a grand jury in recent days.
Lewis faces several counts of criminal sales and possession of cocaine. He also faces a count of conspiracy.
Sharpe alleges Lewis conspired with Daquan "Benji Got the Juice" Murray, who also faces numerous counts and is in jail without bail, to allegedly ferry large quantities of cocaine into the local market from New York City.
Prosecutors also allege Lewis is a member of the Young Gunnerz gang, also called "YGz"
"The YGz street gang provides protection, intimidates competition, gives members of the gang notoriety and reputation on the street and serves as a conduit for members of the YGz to find alternate narcotics sources of supply in the event their regular source of supply is unavailable," supporting information in the indictment said.