A reputed Brooklyn gang member was held without bail on drug charges after federal prosecutors produced chilling photos from his Instagram account suggesting he was preparing to avenge the murder of his best friend.
Nigel (Freaky) Sandy was seeking release on bail Wednesday — a day after the NYPD released a surveillance video depicting a “person of interest” in the April 20 fatal shooting of Harold (Buttah) Culler.
Sandy and Culler were allegedly members of a violent street gang called the Yung Gunnerz based in Bushwick, and both were co-conspirators in the heroin trafficking case, according to papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
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Culler, shot in the face and body on Hancock St., was Sandy’s best friend, as well as a “close gang ally.”
Nigel (Freaky) Sandy (r.) was seeking release on bail a day after the NYPD released a surveillance video depicting a possible suspect in the fatal shooting of Harold (Buttah) Culler.
Investigators monitoring Sandy’s Instagram account became alarmed by comments he posted three days after the slaying in which he expressed a desire for revenge.
“(Sandy) posted a photograph of himself and Culler in which the defendant is giving the middle finger and Culler is intimating that he has a gun in his hand,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lindsay Gerdes and David Pitluck said in court papers.
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“The defendant captioned the photograph: 'Mood: Pic explains it all ... eat a’ and the defendant used an emoticon, or graphic symbol of a gun,” the prosecutors noted.
Sandy, 29, was arrested Monday on charges of transporting kilos of heroin from New York to Maryland.
The prosecutors told Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon that Sandy could easily make good on retaliation because he has access to firearms.