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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2002

VIOLENT NEW HAVEN CRACK DISTRIBUTION ORGANIZATION INDICTED

New Haven, CT… Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge, Mark R. Trouville along with United States Attorney John A. Danaher III, Chief Melvin Wearing of the New Haven Police Department, and Chief Russell Kniehl of the West Haven Police Department, announced today the indictment of 29 defendants - including 19 New Haven residents - on federal narcotics charges. The charges stem from a long term OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) investigation involving extensive electronic surveillance conducted by the New Haven Drug Task Force. The task force is comprised of agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and officers of the New Haven and West Haven Police Departments, and targets the narcotics distribution organizations believed to have the greatest impact on the greater New Haven area.

The defendants are named in three indictments charging them with participating in large-scale crack distribution organizations, two based in New Haven and one based in Ansonia. The operations were supplied by New York sources who were also charged in the indictments, which were returned by a grand jury sitting in Hartford on September 5, 2002, and unsealed today.

The following defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of cocaine base (crack):

1. JAMIL SARI, a/k/a "Pachuco", age 29 formerly of New York, NY

2. FAREED J. SARI, a/k/a "Nickles", age 33 of New York, NY

3. JOSELINA SALCEDO-FELIX, age 23, of Bronx, NY

4. ROSA TAVERAS, age 28, of Bronx, NY

5. RICHARD MACK, a/k/a "Richie", age 29, 31 Market Street, 1st flr., New Haven, CT

6. MOSES BRYANT, a/k/a "Mo-Black", age 29, 55 Arch Street Hamden, CT

7. KENTE DOUGLAS, age 25, 75 High Street, Ansonia, CT

8. ERNEST WILLIAMS, a/k/a "Solo", age 26, 681 Russell St., apt. B, New Haven, CT

9. SCHYMON ROBINSON, age 24, 48 Truman St., New Haven, CT

10. TYREE ROBINSON, age 24, 57 D Eastern Circle, New Haven, CT

11. RODNEY BRANDY, age 33, 22 Blue Cliff Terrace, apt. 203, New Haven, CT

12. MARQUISE WESTON, a/k/a "Scooby", age 21, 33 Belden St., Hamden, CT

13. JEFFREY HARRISON, a/k/a "Biscuit", age 21, 83 Elliot St., New Haven, CT

14. HERBERT LOWERY, age 18, 19 Pine St., New Haven, CT

15. FREDERICK KING, age 20, 161 Blatchley Ave., New Haven, CT

16. HERBERT MCPHERSON, a/k/a "Frank White", age 27, 84 Howe St., New Haven, CT

17. MATTHEW BOWDEN, a/k/a "Nu-Nu", age 30, 215 Division St., #48, New Haven, CT

18. MIA TAYLOR, age 28, 111 Eastern Circle, apt. F, New Haven, CT

19. ALBERT REED, Senior, age 52, 48 Stevens St., New Haven, CT

20. ROSHAWN REED, a/k/a "Bebe", age 26, 330 Norton Parkway, New Haven, CT

21. WILLIE R. NEWTON, a/k/a "Batman", age unknown, 330 Norton Parkway, New Haven, CT

22. ALBERT REED, Junior, a/k/a "Jughead", age 32, 50 Truman St., New Haven, CT

23. SHARICE MILLS, age 20, 50 Truman St., New Haven, CT

24. PICKENY SUGGS, Junior, age 69, 533 Howard Ave., New Haven, CT

25. REGINA BELL, age 39, 533 Howard Ave., 1st floor, New Haven, CT

26. JAMIE MILLS, a/k/a "Jamie McCoy", age 32, 93 State Pier Rd., apt. C-13, New London, CT

27. JOHN SANDERS, age 33, 55A Angel Dr., Waterbury, CT

28. ALICIA CREWS, age 35, 55A Angel Dr., Waterbury, CT

Also named in one of the indictments is JULIUS GARNER, a/k/a "Tupac" DOB: 1/17/65, of 290 Dixwell, 3rd, flr., New Haven, who is charge with using a telephone to facilitate a drug felony. Defendants MACK and DOUGLAS are also charged with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more crack cocaine. BRYANT, SCHYMON ROBINSON, ALBER REED, SR., and MILLS are also charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

According to information disclosed in court proceedings today, the Task Force began its investigation in this case in early 2002, and employed sophisticated investigative techniques such as court-authorized wiretaps and videotaped surveillance. The investigation disclosed the existence of a crack cocaine source organization operating out of New York City, which was supplying two local distribution operations in New Haven and one in Ansonia with redistribution quantities of crack cocaine on a regular basis. During the course of the investigation search warrants were used and, in connection with a warrant executed at the residence of Rodney Brandy, agents and officers seized approximately 1.3 kilograms of crack cocaine.

The arrests began at dawn on Thursday, September 12 in New York City, as Task Force agents and officers, assisted by investigators from of the Office of the District Attorney for Bronx County, New York, took several members of the source organization into custody. In connection with those arrests, agents seized several vehicles, one of which was found to contain over $340,000 in U.S. currency and nearly one kilogram of cocaine. Agents also seized four firearms from the residence of Fareed Sari. Enforcement activity continued with further arrests in New Haven on Friday and Saturday. Additional defendants were arrested today, with approximately 500 grams of crack cocaine being seized during the arrest of Albert Reed, Sr.

Mark R. Trouville of the DEA stated, "Because of the expertise of the men and women assigned to the DEA's New Haven Drug Task Force, we were able to conduct an extensive, multi-jurisdictional investigation resulting in the identification of violent individuals allegedly involved in distributing crack in Connecticut. Those arrested represent participants from the street level up to the supply level, located in New York. In addition to the unsurpassed cooperation here in Connecticut, we would also like to acknowledge our colleagues in New York for their assistance in this investigation."

U.S. Attorney Danaher noted that this case is among the largest narcotics investigations in New Haven in recent years. "This series of arrests is the culmination of the ongoing, and fluid coordination between the New Haven Police Department and the DEA. On this occasion, the Bronx District Attorney played a significant role, as well. I am confident that this level of cooperation will not only continue, but also that it will lead to further, significant developments in the future," Mr. Danaher said.

New Haven Police Chief Melvin H. Wearing said, "The arrest of these individuals by the New Haven Drug Task Force is indicative of the type of successful Community Policing strategy that has been deployed in the city, and we need to continue to have residents in neighborhoods working with police as we make New Haven a safe place to live and work."

Mr. Danaher said that the Government is seeking the forfeiture of over $350,000 in cash, a 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon, a 1995 Jeep, and a 1998 Nissan Maxima, all allegedly derived as a result of the narcotics trafficking operation, or used to facilitate the drug operations.

If convicted of the charge of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, the defendants face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and up to life. The charge of possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum of 40 years. The charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine carries a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. If convicted of using a telephone to facilitate a drug felony, GARNER faces a maximum penalty of four years imprisonment.

Mr. Danaher stressed that an indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mr. Danaher praised the efforts of the New Haven Drug Task Force in pursuing and dismantling these drug trafficking operations. Mr. Danaher also thanked Robert T. Johnson, Bronx District Attorney, and members of his office for their cooperation and assistance during the investigation, as well as the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for its assistance in obtaining search warrants executed in connection with the New York arrests.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Peter D. Markel and H. Gordon Hall, of the U.S. Attorney's Office's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

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