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  • Tue, October 28, 2014 7:08 PM | COREY

    Two Bloods Members Sentenced To Life In Prison ForThe Execution Of Rival Gang Leader

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, August 22, 2014


    Over 30 Members of Violent Staten Island Drug Crews Convicted

    Earlier today at the Brooklyn federal courthouse, Dontae Sebbern and Dexter Waiters were sentenced to life in prison for, among other crimes, the racketeering-related murder of gang leader Jermaine Dickersen, also known as “Big Den.” The defendants, members of a set of the Bloods known by various names including the “Gorilla Bloods,” were convicted after trial in December 2012 of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, murder in-aid-of racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and other firearms charges.

    The sentences were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James J. Hunt, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

    “The defendants turned the streets of Staten Island into a war zone to perpetuate their gang feud. These defendants were not commissioned soldiers, however, but common criminals who used gang allegiance as an excuse for murder and mayhem. This sentencing closes one chapter in this Office’s ongoing investigations into gang and narcotics-related violence on Staten Island,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “This Office and our federal and city law enforcement partners will not tolerate such senseless and heinous criminal conduct in our communities.” Ms. Lynch thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the New York City Police Department, and the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the investigation.

    In late 2009, a gang war erupted between the Gorilla Bloods and a rival criminal organization known as the “Arlington Crew,” comprised largely of Bloods gang members based in the Arlington neighborhood of Staten Island. Sebbern, Waiters, and their associate Earl Mangen sold drugs together and, prior to the war, were supplied by associates of the Arlington Crew. In the early morning of November 7, 2009, at a party on Arlington Avenue, a Gorilla Bloods leader started a fight with a member of the Arlington Crew. Dickersen, who at the time was one of the highest ranking Bloods on Staten Island, as well as Arlington Crew members Dion Nelson and Frankie Nelson joined in the fight. When a member of the Gorilla Bloods pulled out a knife, Dion Nelson drew a firearm and shot him in the lower back.1 About an hour after this shooting, Dickersen was shot and killed in a nearby parking lot. Moments later, Sebbern and Waiters were arrested jumping out of a car in possession of firearms, including the murder weapon, and wearing matching camouflage bullet-proof vests.2

    Overall, as a result of a series of investigations begun in 2008 into drug and gang-related activity on the North Shore of Staten Island, more than 30 defendants have been convicted of racketeering, murder, narcotics trafficking, and firearms offenses.

    The sentencing proceeding of Sebbern and Waiters was held before United States District Judge Sandra L. Townes.

    The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Shreve Ariail and Kevin Trowel.

    The Defendants:

    DEXTER WAITERS, also known as “Bugotti”

    Age: 27

    Staten Island, New York

    DONTAE SEBBERN, also known as “K.D.”

    Age: 26

    Staten Island, New York

    E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 10-CR-087

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    1 In April 2013, Dion Nelson was sentenced to 25 years in prison following his guilty plea to discharging a firearm in connection with a narcotics trafficking offense.

    2 One week later, Mangen was found dead outside his home, shot three times. Andre Collier, an associate of Dickerson’s and Mangen’s former drug supplier, subsequently pled guilty to premeditated homicide and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.


  • Tue, October 28, 2014 7:07 PM | COREY

    MS-13 Gang Member From Jamaica, Queens Indicted For Murder Of 19-Year-Old Man In Long Island

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Thursday, August 28, 2014


    Defendant and Co-Conspirators Lured Victim from Queens to Long Island and then Shot Him Because They Believed He Was Cooperating with Law Enforcement

    Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed charging the defendant, Byron Lopez, with conspiracy to commit murder in-aid-of racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, obstruction-of-justice murder and firearms offenses.1 If convicted, Lopez will face mandatory life imprisonment. Lopez, who was arrested this morning, was presented for arraignment earlier today at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

    The charges and arrest were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York Field Office; James Higgins, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms, New York Field Division (ATF); and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.

    “This Office has a long history of prosecuting and convicting members of the MS-13 gang, which for years has pursued its particularly brutal brand of violence and lawlessness in neighborhoods throughout Queens and Long Island,” stated U.S. Attorney Lynch. “This prosecution, which brings another member of the gang to justice for a murder that disrupted one of our communities earlier this year, is part of our ongoing mission to dismantle MS-13 wherever and whenever it rears its head in this district.” Ms. Lynch thanked the Suffolk County Police Department for its assistance with the investigation.

    "Today’s arrest of Byron Lopez, a member of the violent MS-13 street gang who is alleged to have coordinated the murder of a fellow gang member and other violent crimes, is yet another step in the efforts of law enforcement to attack the leadership of MS-13 and put an end to their menacing criminal conduct," said James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of HSI. “HSI is proud of its partnerships with law enforcement agencies in Suffolk County, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York that further investigations against violent criminal street gangs that present significant threats to public safety."

    As alleged in court documents, Lopez is a member of the Jamaica, Queens chapter of the violent street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as “MS-13.” On February 25, 2014, Lopez and other members of the gang directed the victim, fellow gang member Sidney Valverde, to travel to Long Island under the false pretense that they needed him to assist in gang business there. In fact, Lopez and his co-conspirators planned to kill Valverde because they believed that he was providing information about the gang’s activities to federal law enforcement. After Valverde traveled to Long Island, the conspirators shot him in the back of the head and left his body on Miller Place Beach in Suffolk County, where it was discovered by a beachcomber approximately two weeks later.

    The indictment of Lopez is the latest in a series of federal prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York targeting members of the MS-13, a violent international street gang comprised primarily of immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras. With numerous chapters, or “cliques,” through the United States, MS-13 has a significant presence in Queens and is the largest street gang in Long Island. Since 2003, more than 250 MS-13 members, including dozens of clique leaders, have been convicted on federal felony charges in the Eastern District of New York. More than 150 of those MS-13 members have been convicted on federal racketeering charges. Since 2010 alone, this Office has obtained indictments charging MS-13 members with carrying out more than 20 murders in the Eastern District of New York, and has convicted more than 35 MS-13 members in connection with those murders.

    The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Darren A. LaVerne and Alixandra E. Smith.

    The Defendant:

    BYRON LOPEZ, also known as “Viruz”

    Age: 23

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    1 The charges contained in the indictments are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.




  • Tue, October 28, 2014 7:05 PM | COREY

    MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced To Life
    For Murdering Two-Year-Old Child And Mother

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Thursday, October 2, 2014


    Adalberto Ariel Guzman (aka “Gringo”) and MS-13 Co-Conspirators Executed 19-Year-Old Vanessa Argueta and Her Two-Year-Old Son Diego Torres

    Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Adalberto Ariel Guzman, also known as “Gringo,” a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13 street gang, was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison plus 35 years. Guzman was convicted, on September 9, 2013, following a three-week trial, on all counts, including two counts of murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murders in aid of racketeering, and related firearms offenses, in connection with the February 5, 2010 slayings of 19-year-old Vanessa Argueta and her two-year-old son Diego Torres in Central Islip, New York.

    The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office; and Thomas C. Krumpter, Acting Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department.

    “The MS-13 has become infamous for unleashing ruthless violence on the streets of Long Island. However, even for the MS-13, the execution-style murders of a young mother and an innocent child, carried out by Guzman and his fellow gang members, were particularly senseless and cold-blooded crimes,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “The tenacious investigation and prosecution by the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force and my Office, the jury’s guilty verdict last September, and today’s sentence send the unequivocal message that anyone who engages in such brutal and heinous crimes will spend the rest of his life in federal prison.” United States Attorney Lynch expressed her sincere gratitude to the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force for its tireless efforts to bring Guzman and his co-conspirators to justice.

    At trial, the government proved that Guzman and other MS-13 members, including MS- 13 leader, Heriberto Martinez, also known as “Boxer,” Juan Garcia, also known as “Cruzito,” and Rene Mendez Mejia, also known as “Zorro,” plotted to kill Argueta because they believed she had disrespected the MS-13. On February 4, 2010, when Guzman, Garcia, and Mejia planned to kill Argueta, she was with her son, and the MS-13 members decided to murder him as well. Guzman, Garcia, and Mejia lured Argueta and Torres into a secluded wooded area in Central Islip, where they executed the mother and child, shooting Argueta in the head and chest, and Torres twice in the head. Specifically, the evidence at trial established that Guzman fired the fatal shots to Torres’s head. After they murdered Argueta and Torres, Guzman, Garcia, and Mejia fled to El Salvador, but Guzman was arrested on May 17, 2010, in Miami, Florida, when he attempted to return to the United States from El Salvador. Thereafter, Guzman was indicted and found guilty on all counts relating to the Argueta and Torres murders following a trial in August and September 2013.

    Guzman’s three co-conspirators, Martinez, Garcia, and Mejia were also arrested and indicted in connection with the Argueta and Torres murders. Martinez was convicted in March 2013, following a six-week trial, and later sentenced to life in prison, plus 60 years. Mejia pled guilty to the murders and is pending sentence. Garcia, who surrendered to law enforcement authorities in Nicaragua, waived extradition, and was returned to the United States after being placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in March 2014, is pending trial in the Eastern District.1

    The convictions of Guzman and his codefendants are the latest in a series of federal prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York targeting members of the MS-13, a violent international street gang comprised primarily of immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras. With numerous branches, or “cliques,” the MS-13 is the largest street gang on Long Island. Since 2003, more than 250 MS-13 members, including dozens of clique leaders, have been convicted on federal felony charges in the Eastern District of New York. More than 150 of those MS-13 members have been convicted on federal racketeering charges. Since 2010 alone, this Office has obtained indictments charging MS-13 members with carrying out more than 20 murders in the Eastern District of New York, and has convicted more than 35 MS-13 members in connection with those murders. These prosecutions are the product of investigations led by the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, comprising agents and officers of the FBI, Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, Suffolk County Probation, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Rockville Centre Police Department, and Suffolk County Police Department.

    The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco.

    The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys John J.

    Durham and Raymond A. Tierney.

    The Defendant:

    ADALBERTO ARIEL GUZMAN, also known as “Gringo”

    Central Islip, New York

    Age: 22

    __________________________________________________________________________

    1 The charges contained in the indictment against Garcia are merely allegations, and he is

    presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


  • Tue, October 28, 2014 6:59 PM | COREY

    Bloods Street Gang Leader Sentenced To 30 Years Of Imprisonment For Racketeering, Murder, Drug Distribution And Firearms Use

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, October 3, 2014


    Today in Brooklyn federal court, Laron Spicer, also known as “Face,” a leader of the “Nine-Trey Gangsters” set of the Bloods street gang in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was sentenced to a 30-year prison term for charges related to the set’s control of illegal activity on Sterling Place between Buffalo and Rochester Avenues for over 12 years. Throughout the period of Spicer’s leadership of the set, Sterling Place was beset by gang-related drive-by shootings, regular gunfire, slashings and drug dealing. As the set’s primary enforcer, Spicer was responsible for numerous acts of violence, including shootings and slashings, and held neighborhood residents in fear of violent retribution for questioning his authority or cooperating with law enforcement.

    The sentencing was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, George Venizelos, Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.

    “For over a decade, Spicer used violence and brutality to terrorize the streets of Crown Heights. Let today’s lengthy sentence be a message to other gang members victimizing their own communities – we will not tolerate violence and gang-related crimes,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. Ms. Lynch thanked the FBI, the NYPD, and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this case.

    In 2010, an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department led to the indictment and arrest of Spicer and 11 of the gang’s members and associates on charges including racketeering, drug distribution, murder and attempted murder. Among other acts, Spicer was charged with four non-fatal shootings and the 2008 murder of rival drug dealer William Singletary, who had set up a competing drug operation in the gang’s territory. During the period charged in the indictment, Spicer was arrested 30 times by New York City police officers and was convicted of, among other offenses, illegal gun possession on five occasions and witness tampering for threatening to kill a police officer who was testifying against him at a state court proceeding. On December 19, 2013, Spicer pled guilty to federal charges of racketeering, narcotics distribution conspiracy, and ordering the murder of Singletary.

    The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Amatruda, Nadia Shihata and Erik Paulsen.

    The Defendant:

    LARON A. SPICER

    Alias: “Face”

    Age: 34




  • Tue, October 28, 2014 6:57 PM | COREY

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Monday, October 27, 2014


    Defendants Harvey Christian and Anthony Christian Led Violent Narcotics Trafficking Enterprise in New York

    Earlier today, following three weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned guilty verdicts against Harvey Christian, Anthony Christian and Jason Quinn, on charges of racketeering – including murder conspiracies and, against Anthony Christian, the murder of Jerome Estella as racketeering acts – as well as firearms possession and multiple counts based on their trafficking in crack cocaine. The charges arose out of the defendants’ long-time dominance of a drug crew that operated in the Park Hill housing complex in the Clifton neighborhood of Staten Island. When sentenced by United States District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano, Harvey Christian faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; Anthony Christian faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment; and Quinn faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 65 years’ imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

    The verdicts were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI).

    “For all of their adult lives, the Christian brothers and their associates terrorized the residents of Park Hill, forcing them to live in fear of violence,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “Today, their ability to earn money through crime comes to an end, and so does their rule of the streets. This verdict sends the message that that violence and drug-dealing have no place in our communities.” Ms. Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the FBI, New York City Police Department and the Richmond County District Attorney for their outstanding assistance in this case.

    For over two decades, Harvey Christian, also known as “Black,” and his brother, Anthony Christian, also known as “Nitty,” led a violent narcotics distribution ring. Jason Quinn was one of their most trusted associates. In the mid-1990s, the Christian brothers and their associates, including Quinn, sought to take control of more drug territory in Park Hill. To achieve this, the defendants engaged in massive gun battles for months. During one of the battles, in May 1995, law enforcement recovered 77 shell casings inside a residential building, outside on the street, and on the roof. In 1999, Anthony Christian ordered another member of the enterprise to murder a rival drug dealer named Corey Brooker. In the course of looking for Brooker, the enterprise member had a dispute with Brooker’s associate Jerome Estella. Anthony Christian then authorized the other enterprise member to murder Estella, and provided him with the 9 millimeter handgun he used to then murder Estella.

    In the year before their arrests in 2011, multiple search warrants and arrests related to members of the organization and their associates were executed in and around Park Hill and elsewhere in New York. These searches and arrests resulted in the seizure of firearms and ammunition, including a Mac-11 pistol, as well as large quantities of crack and powder cocaine. During a search of the Christian brothers' apartment in the Park Hill housing complex in February 2010, the NYPD recovered multiple bullet-proof vests, crack-cocaine and marijuana.

    The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Allon Lifshitz, Richard Tucker and Kevin Trowel.

    The Defendants:

    HARVEY CHRISTIAN

    Age: 42 years

    Staten Island, New York

    ANTHONY CHRISTIAN

    Age: 41 years

    Staten Island, New York

    JASON QUINN

    Age: 40 years

    Staten Island, New York

    E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 11-CR-425


  • Tue, October 28, 2014 6:52 PM | COREY

    Chinese Gang Leader Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To Life In Prison In Connection With Double Murder And Racketeering Convictions


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014


    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that XING LIN, a/k/a “Ding Pa,” the leader of a gang that operated for nearly 15 years in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan as well as in Queens, Atlanta, and Toronto, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to life in prison on murder, extortion, and racketeering charges. Following a three-week trial in April 2013, a jury convicted LIN of engaging in racketeering from 1996 through 2009, murdering two individuals in a Queens nightclub in 2004, operating multiple illegal gambling parlors, and extorting bus company owners. LIN was sentenced today by United States District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum.

    Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “With today’s sentence, Xing Lin will finally be punished for ordering the murder of two victims, and for his lengthy criminal career of extortion and racketeering. I would like to thank our law enforcement partners at ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and the New York City Police Department for their hard work on this case.”

    According to the Superseding Indictment, other documents filed in Manhattan federal court, and the evidence presented at trial:

    From 1996 until December 2009, LIN was a “Dai Lo” – a Chinese term that refers to the boss of a criminal gang. LIN’s gang operated in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan; Flushing, Queens; Atlanta, Georgia; Toronto, Canada; and elsewhere. The members of LIN’s gang were known as followers. LIN and his followers, including co-defendant Hao Chao, a/k/a “Little Beijing,” engaged in a number of criminal ventures, including the operation of high-stakes illegal gambling parlors, the extortion of business owners, and the beating, stabbing, and murder of rivals.

    Beginning in 2002, LIN extorted the owners of a bus company that operated buses between Manhattan and Raleigh, North Carolina. In May 2004, Chang Qin Zhou, one of the bus company shareholders, whom LIN was extorting, refused to pay LIN additional money that he had demanded. During the early morning hours of July 30, 2004, Zhou was with a group of men and women in a private room in a karaoke bar located on Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, Queens. LIN and Chou forced their way into the private room, and LIN ordered Chou to “shoot” Zhou. Chou shot Zhou six times, killing him. One of the bullets also struck and killed Mei Ying Li, a waitress who was working at the karaoke bar and who was in the private room at the time of the shooting. A second waitress was shot in the leg and survived.

    Following the shooting in the karaoke bar, LIN relocated his criminal gang to Toronto, Canada, where he continued to run gambling parlors and use violence against his rivals.

    LIN was arrested in Toronto, Canada, on April 14, 2011. Following extradition, LIN arrived in the United States on August 19, 2011.

    * * *

    In addition to the prison term, LIN, 42, was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, and a $400 special assessment fee.

    Chou, who was charged in the Superseding Indictment with murder, extortion, and racketeering offenses, is a fugitive. The allegations against Chou are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

    Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the New York City Police Department.

    The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Burns and Peter Skinner are in charge of the prosecution.

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  • Tue, October 28, 2014 6:33 PM | COREY

    Five MS-13 gang members charged in Elizabeth 'initiation killing,' prosecutor says


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    Tom Haydon | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Tom Haydon | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com


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    on October 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM, updated October 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM


    ELIZABETH undefined German Lisandro Benites Moreno came to New Jersey earlier this year specifically to recruit people to establish a new chapter of the MS-13 street gang, authorities said today.
    On May 19, Moreno and two other out-of-state gang members accompanied two Elizabeth teenagers as they tracked an 18-year-old member of a rival gang to a backyard and fatally shot him as an initiation into MS-13, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said today.
    Both Elizabeth teenagers are 17, Park said. She said one of the teenagers shot the victim, Jonathan Landaverde, while the second juvenile stood by to verify that the murder was committed. Landaverde was a member of the 18th Street Gang, Park said.
    After a five month investigation by several agencies, Moreno, considered high-ranking with regional influence, was arrested along with two other out-of-state gang members and the two Elizabeth suspects. One of the Elizabeth juveniles was arrested in Texas, where Moreno had previously resided.
    Moreno, 21, also known as “Raro,” and two other suspects, Carlos “Padrino” Amaya, 19, and Luis “Perverso” Alfaro, 26, have each been charged with murder and gang criminality, both first-degree crimes, and recruitment for a criminal street gang and weapons offenses, both second-degree crimes.
    Juvenile complaints, including many of the same allegations, have been filed against both Elizabeth teenagers. They are being held at detention centers in Texas.
    Landaverde was shot twice in the head in a rear yard on the 600 block of South Park Street. He was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead.
    “This was a brazen, cold and calculated crime we believe was committed for multiple purposes, to send a message to rival gangs, to initiate a new member and to eliminate a rival,” Park said. "While this does not eradicate this gang, it curbs what easily could have been an increase in their power,” she said of the five arrests.
    Moreno is being held at the Hudson County jail on $3.5 million bail, while Alfaro and Amaya are being held at the Union County jail on $2.5 million and $2 million bail respectively.
    Park could not recall another "initiation" murder in the county. However, she said MS-13 has been active in the county and nationwide. In September 2013, Park and federal authorities announced sweeping arrests of the MS-13 gang in Plainfield.
    Park lauded the efforts of the Elizabeth Police Department, and county Homicide Task Force and its supervisor, Michael Henn. She also extended thanks to the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, the Houston Police Department and the Harris County [Texas] Sheriff’s Office.

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  • Sat, October 11, 2014 9:47 PM | COREY

    Posted: Oct 11, 2014 3:02 PM EDT
    Updated: Oct 11, 2014 3:03 PM EDT


    NEW YORK (AP) - Nineteen people have been charged with selling crack cocaine in the lobbies, hallways, elevators and even playgrounds of an East Harlem public housing complex.

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Police Commissioner William Bratton announced the arrests Friday. The DA's office says most of the defendants have been arraigned on drug-sale charges and pleaded not guilty. A few are awaiting arraignment.

    Their ages range from 18 to 38. Prosecutors say all lived or had family in the East River Houses development and many were affiliated with a local gang called "East Army."

    Vance notes that his office has brought 15 gang takedown cases in the past five years.

    Police statistics showed that as of early May, gang arrests citywide were up more than 28 percent from two years ago.

    Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Thu, September 04, 2014 12:11 PM | Trevor (Administrator)

    Rochester, N.Y. - A Rochester police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday night.

    It happened around 9:25 p.m. in the area of Hudson Avenue and Warsaw Street.

    Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said the officer was pursuing a suspect when the two began exchanging gunfire and the officer was hit.

    He was rushed into surgery at Rochester General Hospital, where he later died.

    The suspect was also shot and wounded. He was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery.

    An innocent bystander was also shot. The bystander is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury.

    Ciminelli said there are no additional suspects.

    The investigation will continue.

    Police did not release the name of the officer, the suspect or the other victim.

    More information is expected to be released Thursday.

    RPD officer killed in line of duty

  • Fri, July 25, 2014 12:09 PM | Craig

    Fourteen Bloods Street Gang Members Charged in a Federal Felony Complaint with Engaging in a Drug Trafficking Conspiracy in Binghamton
    Federal Search Warrants Executed at Nine Locations in the Binghamton, New York Area
    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    March 26, 2014

    Northern District of New York
    (315) 448-0672
    BINGHAMTON, NYundefinedUnited States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced that 14 members and associates of the Bloods street gang known as the “MacBallers” were charged today by way of a felony criminal complaint in federal court in Binghamton, New York, with engaging in a drug trafficking conspiracy, pursuant to Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846. Federal, state, and local law enforcement teams executed arrest warrants in the greater Binghamton, New York area, as well as in New York City. Defendants will make their appearances later today before a federal magistrate judge in federal court. Additionally, law enforcement also executed federal search warrants at nine locations in the Binghamton, New York area including at the nightclub called 17 East, located at 348 Clinton Street, Binghamton, New York, which was utilized and frequented by members of the MacBallers gang.

    The investigation leading to today’s arrests and charges was conducted by members of a task force comprised of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Binghamton, New York; FBI Albany Field Office and FBI New York Field Office; Broome County District Attorney’s Office; Binghamton Police Department; New York State Police; Broome County Sheriff’s Office; Johnson City Police Department; Endicott Police Department; and the U.S. Marshals Service.

    The federal felony complaint charges that starting in September 2009 and continuing up to the present, members and associates of the MacBallers set of the Bloods street gang operated in Binghamton, New York and were responsible for distributing large quantities of controlled substances including cocaine base (crack cocaine), powder cocaine, heroin, and marijuana in the greater Binghamton area. The complaint also charges that MacBaller members utilized rental vehicles and rental apartments to facilitate their drug trafficking conspiracy in order to cook, package, store, and transport controlled substances; utilized prepaid cellular telephones to contact drug customers and gang associates, both affiliated and unaffiliated to the MacBallers, in order to distribute controlled substances; engaged in gang meetings at various locations in the Binghamton area; and utilized firearms including handguns to commit assaults and shootings and to threaten others in furtherance of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy.

    The federal felony complaint also charges as follows as to each defendant:

    DEREK CARR, a/k/a “Jinx,” 29 years old, is affiliated to the Bloods street gang and believed to a member of the MacBallers. DEREK CARR is a close, personal associate of SAQUAN JOHNSON and supplied SAQUAN JOHNSON with controlled substances including crack cocaine and heroin. DEREK CARR communicated with SAQUAN JOHNSON regarding the cooking, packaging, acquisition, and distribution of controlled substances including crack cocaine and heroin.
    COURTNEY DOUGLAS, a/k/a “Poppy,” 32 years old, is a member of the MacBallers who received supplies of crack cocaine and heroin from SAQUAN JOHNSON, as well as crack cocaine from CHAD EDWARDS, JUAN PENA, and REGINALD SIMMONS, JR. and then distributed those controlled substances to drug customers. COURTNEY DOUGLAS communicated with other members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy, including SAQUAN JOHNSON, CHAD EDWARDS, and JUAN PENA regarding the acquisition, distribution, and resale of controlled substances including crack cocaine and heroin.
    LAMONT CLEMONS, a/k/a “Stime,” 39 years old, is believed to be a family relative (cousin) of CALVIN JOHNSON who transported supplies of controlled substances and distributed controlled substances on behalf of CALVIN JOHNSON. LAMONT CLEMONS also supplied SAQUAN JOHNSON with controlled substances including crack cocaine, heroin, powder cocaine, and marijuana. LAMONT CLEMONS communicated with SAQUAN JOHNSON regarding the acquisition, storage, transportation, distribution, and resale of controlled substances, including crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.
    CHAD EDWARDS, a/k/a “Chaddy O,” 31 years old, is a high-ranking member of the MacBallers who was responsible for distributing large quantities of crack cocaine in Binghamton, New York. CHAD EDWARDS worked closely with JUAN PENA AND REGINALD SIMMONS, JR. to distribute controlled substances and shared the same cellular telephones with these individuals. CHAD EDWARDS communicated with other members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy, including SAQUAN JOHNSON, JUAN PENA, REGINALD SIMMONS, JR., SHARELL HOLTON, and COURTNEY DOUGLAS regarding the acquisition, packaging, and distribution of controlled substances.
    SHARELL HOLTON, a/k/a “Rell,” 35 years old, is a known controlled substances distributor in Binghamton, New York who is believed to have been supplied by members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy including JOHN MELVILLE, CHAD EDWARDS, JUAN PENA, and REGINALD SIMMONS, JR. She allowed members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy, including JOHN MELVILLE and BRIAN WEST, to utilize her residence in Endicott, New York and distribute controlled substances from her residence. SHARELL HOLTON communicated with other known members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy including SAQUAN JOHNSON, CHAD EDWARDS, and JUAN PENA regarding the acquisition, storage, and distribution of controlled substances as well as the collection of drug proceeds.
    LESLIE HUGHES, a/k/a “Les,” 41 years old, is a Bloods Street Gang member and a known controlled substances distributor in Binghamton, New York who supplied SAQUAN JOHNSON with controlled substances including crack cocaine. LESLIE HUGHES worked for CALVIN JOHNSON and supplied SAQUAN JOHNSON with controlled substances to include crack cocaine. LESLIE HUGHES communicated with SAQUAN JOHNSON regarding the acquisition, cooking/mixing, packaging, and distribution of controlled substances, including crack cocaine, and the collection of drug proceeds.
    CALVIN JOHNSON, a/k/a “Cal,” 38 years old, is a known controlled substances distributor in Binghamton, New York who operated the nightclub 17 East, which was utilized and frequented by members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy. He also supplied SAQUAN JOHNSON, LAMONT CLEMONS, LESLIE HUGHES, and others with controlled substances including crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and marijuana. CALVIN JOHNSON communicated with SAQUAN JOHNSON regarding the acquisition, distribution, and storage of controlled substances including crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and marijuana, as well as the acquisition of a handgun/firearm.
    SAQUAN JOHNSON, a/k/a “Banga,” a/k/a “Sa,” 23 years old, is a member of the MacBallers gang and is known as an enforcer/shooter who was responsible for the distribution of large amounts of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, and marijuana to other members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy including GERALD NORFLEET and COURTNEY DOUGLAS. SAQUAN JOHNSON was supplied with controlled substances from CALVIN JOHNSON, LAMONT CLEMONS, DEREK CARR, CHAD EDWARDS, JUAN PENA, REGINALD SIMMONS, JR., and DAYNELL ROWLAND. SAQUAN JOHNSON also communicated with other members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy including DEREK CARR, COURTNEY DOUGLAS, LAMONT CLEMONS, CHAD EDWARDS, SHARELL HOLTON, LESLIE HUGHES, CALVIN JOHNSON, GERALD NORFLEET, JUAN PENA, DAYNELL ROWLAND, and REGINALD SIMMONS, JR. regarding the acquisition, distribution, transportation, and cooking/mixing of controlled substances including crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, as well as robberies, assaults, and firearms violations.
    JOHN MELVILLE, a/k/a “Flip,” a/k/a “Fat Boy,” 29 years old, is a high ranking member of the MacBallers gang. JOHN MELVILLE was known to traffic large quantities of controlled substances including crack cocaine and powder cocaine into Binghamton, New York, in order to distribute controlled substances and supply additional members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy including SHARELL HOLTON, CHAD EDWARDS, JUAN PENA, and REGINALD SIMMONS, JR.
    GERALD NORFLEET, a/k/a “G,” 55 years old, purchased controlled substances from SAQUAN JOHNSON and distributed controlled substances including crack cocaine. Additionally, he collected drug proceeds derived from controlled substance sales on behalf of SAQUAN JOHNSON AND LAMONT CLEMONS. GERALD NORFLEET also provided transportation for SAQUAN JOHNSON in order to facilitate drug transactions in furtherance of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy. GERALD NORFLEET communicated with SAQUAN JOHNSON regarding the acquisition, packaging, and distribution of controlled substances, and the collection of drug proceeds derived from the sales of controlled substance including crack cocaine.
    JUAN PENA, a/k/a “John John,” 30 years old, is a high ranking member of the MacBallers who was responsible for distributing large quantities of crack cocaine. At one time, JUAN PENA also paid CALVIN JOHNSON an amount of United States currency to control and operate various illegal gambling games at CALVIN JOHNSON’S nightclub 17 East. JUAN PENA also communicated with other members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy including SAQUAN JOHNSON, CHAD EDWARDS, REGINALD SIMMONS, JR., SHARELL HOLTON, COURTNEY DOUGLAS, and others regarding the acquisition and distribution of controlled substances.
    DAYNELL ROWLAND, a/k/a “Daylo,” 31 years old, is a suspected member of the MacBallers who resides in Syracuse, New York, and was responsible for supplying SAQUAN JOHNSON and others with large amounts of controlled substances including marijuana and heroin. DAYNELL ROWLAND introduced SAQUAN JOHNSON to his (DAYNELL ROWLAND’S) heroin supplier residing in the New York City area so SAQUAN JOHNSON could obtain large quantities of heroin directly from this individual. DAYNELL ROWLAND also expressed a desire for SAQUAN JOHNSON to become his main heroin distributor in Binghamton, New York. DAYNELL ROWLAND communicated with SAQUAN JOHNSON regarding the acquisition, cooking, packaging, and distribution of controlled substances and the collection of drug proceeds derived from the sales of controlled substances.
    REGINALD SIMMONS, JR., a/k/a “Reg,” a/k/a “Moe,” 30 years old, is a member of the MacBallers who was responsible for distributing large quantities of crack cocaine. REGINALD SIMMONS, JR. worked with JUAN PENA AND CHAD EDWARDS to distribute controlled substances and shared the same cellular telephones with them for the purpose of distribution of controlled substances. REGINALD SIMMONS, JR. also communicated with other additional members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy including SAQUAN JOHNSON, JUAN PENA, CHAD EDWARDS, SHARELL HOLTON, and COURTNEY DOUGLAS regarding the demand, acquisition, packaging, and distribution of controlled substances.
    BRIAN WEST, a/k/a “West,” 27 years old, is a member of the MacBallers who was responsible for distributing large quantities of crack cocaine. BRIAN WEST trafficked controlled substances into the Binghamton, New York area with JOHN MELVILLE and who supplied other members of the MacBallers’ drug trafficking conspiracy including SHARELL HOLTON, CHAD EDWARDS, JUAN PENA, and REGINALD SIMMONS, JR. BRIAN WEST also utilized SHARELL HOLTON’S residence to distribute controlled substances.
    If convicted, each defendant faces an imprisonment term of at least 10 years and up to life.

    All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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