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News Release
November 25, 2003

Federal Investigation Deals Blow to
"Puritan Avenue Boys" with Indictments

Detroit, MI- On November 20, 2003, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Jeffrey C. Collins, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Michael A. Braun and Mark Kroczynski Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division announce the indictment of eight high-ranking members of the "Puritan Avenue Boys" narcotics distribution ring in Detroit. These indictments are a culmination of a three-year investigation into drug trafficking, violence and intimidation in Detroit, Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. As part of these arrests, 10 federal search warrants were executed on November 20, 2003 resulting in the seizure of fourteen firearms and a bulletproof vest.

Those individuals indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit include:

  • Damonne "Slim" Brantley: Atlanta, 33 yrs. old
  • Reginald "Dude" Dancy: Detroit, 33 yrs. old
  • Rayshon "Boss" Braggs: Atlanta, 30 yrs. old
  • Darryl "Big Will" Gooden: Atlanta, 33 yrs. old
  • Morris "Bootsie" Waller II: Detroit, 36 yrs. old
  • Sherard "Rock Man" King: Detroit, 31 yrs. old
  • Leonard "Rico" Ray Brantley Jr.: Detroit, 36 yrs. old
  • Rory "Roy" D. Jones: Detroit, 37 yrs. old

Reginald Dancy and Damonne Brantley were indicted on charges of operating a Coninuing Criminal Enterprise. Additional charges in this investigation include Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine 21 USC 846, Attempted Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine 21 USC 841 (a)(1), Aiding and Abetting 18 USC 2 and Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments 18 USC 1856 (a)(1)(i).

Rory JONES and Rayshon BRAGGS are still wanted in connection with this investigation. Any information regarding their whereabouts can be anonymously given to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration at (313) 234-4000, 24 hours a day. Pictures of BRAGGS and JONES are available to the media upon request.

"This organization was responsible for creating a dangerous and intimidating environment for a large community of people. The tenacity of the investigators allowed the top level violators to be identified and charged, which we hope brings relief to those living in the City of Detroit and elsewhere," said Joseph Rannazzisi, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Detroit Field Division.

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