News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2007

Boston Area Gang Associates Charged with Drug and Firearm Offenses and Three Men Sentenced to Federal Prison Sentences

NOV 13 -- Boston, MA...In recent weeks, nearly a dozen individuals from neighborhoods plagued by gang violence have been charged with drug and firearm charges in state and federal court. The charges include complaints and indictments returned in the last 10 days against individuals believed to be involved in some of the most active gang conflicts in the city.

Three men from Boston have also been sentenced to lengthy federal sentences as a result of their involvement in drug trafficking at the Bromley-Heath Housing Project and have been ordered to stay out of Suffolk County for up to 12 years after completing their prison sentences.

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration New England Field Division; United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Boston Field Division; Daniel Conley, Suffolk County District Attorney; and Edward Davis, Boston Police Commissioner, announced the return of three federal Indictments and three Complaints. Two individuals are charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 5 grams of cocaine base, and one individual with distribution of more than 5 grams of cocaine base. Three more individuals are charged with distribution/possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school or playground and a fourth defendant is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

In a separate matter, United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan also announced that three Jamaica Plain men have been sentenced to 10, 11, and 15 years respectively in federal prison and ordered to stay out of Suffolk County for up to 12 years following their release from prison as a result of convictions for drug trafficking in and around the Bromley-Heath Housing Project.

U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan said, “Once again, cooperation between state and federal investigators has enabled us to provide relief to some of Boston’s most troubled neighborhoods by charging individuals with demonstrated gang affiliations with serious drug and firearm offenses. My office is seeking to have each of the individuals who have been charged in federal court detained pending trial and several have already been so detained.”

Sullivan also stated, “It is also fitting for us to announce today the sentencing of three men convicted of federal drug charges in last year’s drug investigation at the Bromley-Heath Housing Project in Jamaica Plain. The fact that these men have each been sentenced to at least 10 years in federal prison and have been ordered to stay out of Suffolk County for up to 12 additional years serves as a potent reminder of the penalties for these offenses and how committed law enforcement is to reducing drug trafficking and gang violence in Boston.”

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said, “I'd like to thank the U.S. Attorney, District Attorney, the ATF, State Police and DEA, their prosecutors and federal agents for working side by side with Boston Police officers, placing special priority on drugs, gangs and guns. Let this be a clear message to individuals who are carrying guns and using guns. We will continue to collaboratively and strategically find a way to impose severe sanctions on you for your actions.”

District Attorney Conley stated, “The confluence of guns, drugs, and violent offenders in a neighborhood can only mean danger to everyone else who lives there. Local, state, and federal law enforcement will continue to act in concert on behalf of those good and decent residents -- not just at Academy Homes, not just in the Bowdoin/Geneva area, but across Boston and the Commonwealth."

“We are committed to ridding our communities of drugs and drug related violence. We will always aggressively pursue individuals and drug trafficking groups who would destroy the American way of life. We will not tolerate the violence they bring to our doorsteps, said Special Agent in Charge Stansbury. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners and bring them to justice.”

Today’s charges are the result of targeted investigations conducted by members of the Boston Police Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The investigations targeted gang violence and drug distribution in Boston.

The sentencings announced today result from a long-term investigation begun in early 2006 at the Bromley Heath Housing Project conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Boston Police Department.

I. STATE AND FEDERAL CHARGES

Charged in federal criminal complaints unsealed on November 2, 2007 with either distributing more than 5 grams of crack cocaine or conspiring to distribute those amounts are:

1. PATRICK GOMES (a/k/a “PISTOL”), age 22, of 19 Edgewood Street, Dorchester, MA;

2. ALEX CURET (a/k/a “AJ”), age 21, of 44 Woodward Ave., Dorchester, MA; and;

3. BLAKE FIELDS (a/k/a “STREETS”), age 23, of Highland Park Avenue, Mattapan, MA

According to detention affidavits filed in federal court, GOMES, CURET, and FIELDS are members of area street gangs involved in some of the most active gang disputes in the city. FIELDS is also alleged to have sold cocaine base to a Boston Police undercover officer shortly after meeting with police officers and community leaders from the Mattapan area who warned him that he was being watched and would be targeted for prosecution if he did not desist from criminal activity.

Previously named in federal drug indictments charging them with crack cocaine offenses are:

1. DAVID EVANS (a/k/a”GUNNA”), age 22, of 162 W. Springfield Street, #4, Boston, MA (Indictment returned 10/25/07);

2. JAMES BUSH, age 38, 247Walnut Ave #12, Boston, MA (Indictment returned 10/25/07); and,

3. CURTIS WHITE, (a/k/a “BLACK”), 84 Codman Park, Apt. 1, Dorchester, MA (Indictment returned 9/12/07)

According to affidavits or testimony offered in federal court, EVANS, BUSH, and WHITE are each charged with crack cocaine offenses taking place near area schools or playgrounds. Previously named in a federal indictment charging him with being a felon-in-possession of a firearm is:

1. KRISTOPHER GRAY, (a/k/a “SLAYA”), 27 Hendry Street #1, Dorchester, MA, (Indictment returned October 17, 2007)

According to testimony at a detention hearing, GRAY was arrested by members of the Boston Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force inside a residence at 37 Hendry Street in Dorchester after he fled from the police and attempted to discard a firearm. Testimony also established that, since his arrest on these charges, GRAY’s fingerprints were recovered from another firearm seized on August 4, 2007, after ALEX DASILVA and GERALD AVILES had fled from a car stopped near Intervale Street in Boston (Boston Police officers had responded to a report of shots fired in that area). DASILVA and AVILES (who are being prosecuted in state court) are alleged to be members of the Woodward Avenue gang, along with CURET and GOMES. Detention affidavits in that case also establish that the Woodward Avenue gang is involved in an active dispute with the MIC gang, with which EVANS is believed to be associated.
Four defendants were charged by the state with firearm and drug violations. Two are charged with unlawful possession of multiple firearms, two are charged with high-level trafficking offenses, and one is charged with possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute in a school zone.

1. HENRY JOHN, 27, charged with unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, and trafficking in a Class B substance over 100 grams;

2. RAFAEL AVILES, 27, charged with five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, four counts each of unlawful possession of ammunition and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and single counts of trafficking in a Class B substance over 100 grams and possession of a Class D substance.

3. ALEXANDER DASILVA, 24, charged with four counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm; and

4. DAVID IOVANNA, 33, charged with two counts of distribution of a Class B substance, possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute in a school zone, and possession of a class D substance.

II. RECENT BROMLEY HEATH SENTENCINGS

On October 24, 2007, AMOS CARRASQUILLO, age 19, of 442 River Street in
Mattapan, and NATHAN GARRASTEGUY, age 26, of 56 Holworthy Street in Roxbury were sentenced to lengthy federal prison sentences by United States District Court Judge William Young. CARRASQUILLO was sentenced to 132 months' imprisonment to be followed by 8 years of supervised release. GARRASTEGUY was ordered imprisoned for 120 months to be followed by 12 years of supervised release. Both men were also ordered to stay out of Suffolk County while on supervised release and will thus be excluded from this area for 8 and 12 years respectively.

On November 8, 2007 their co-defendant LOUIS GARCIA, JR, age 21, of 69 McGreevey Way, Roxbury Crossing, was sentenced to 180 months in prison, also by Judge Young. Garcia, who had previously pled guilty to drug charges against him, was also ordered to stay out of Suffolk County for 12 years after his release from prison.

CARRASQUILLO and GARRASTEGUY were both convicted after a six-day trial of conspiring to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base. They had previously pled guilty to distributing cocaine base during the summer of 2006.

They also acknowledged that some of these offenses took place in and around the Bromley-Heath Housing Project. At the sentencing, the government also established that CARRASQUILLO and GARRASTEGUY had previously been issued “No Trespass” orders by the Boston Housing Police Department and that CARRASQUILLO had been ordered to stay away from BHA property by two state court judges as well.

Evidence at the sentencing hearing established that both CARRASQUILLO and GARRASTEGUY had substantial criminal records. The government demonstrated that GARRASTEGUY had two prior felony drug convictions but had been able to vacate another conviction six years after it was entered and years after the sentenced imposed had been served. CARRASQUILLO was shown to have had a lengthy juvenile record, adult convictions for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, and a pending case in which it is alleged that he pulled a gun on a Boston Police Officer and was shot.

Upon conviction, the federal defendants each face a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years in relation to the firearms charges; the defendants in the drug cases face a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.