FIFTEEN MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES OF MIAMI GARDENS GANG INDICTED FOR NARCOTICS, FIREARMS AND IDENTITY THEFT OFFENSES
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Matthew Boyd, Chief, Miami Gardens Police Department, announced that fifteen members and associates of a Miami Gardens street gang known as the “Murda Grove Boys” were indicted on federal narcotics, weapons, and false identification charges. Eleven were arrested earlier today; four remain at large. Those arrested are scheduled to make their initial appearances in court tomorrow, June 4, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber.
The 11-count indictment, returned on June 1, 2010 and unsealed today, charges the following defendants:
Antwan Roshax Gray, age 24 Miami Gardens, FL
Sherline Richard, age 28 Hollywood, FL
Jerome Le’Keith McMillan, age 26 Opa Locka, FL
Eric Alexander Maynard, III, age 21 Miami Gardens, FL
Dexter Earl Kemp age 24 Miami Gardens, FL
Tremaine Edward Kale age 26 Miami Gardens, FL
Raymond Toney age 38 Miami Gardens, FL
Jonathan Giovanni Morley age 24 Miami Gardens, FL
Travis Leondre Parker age 28 Miami Gardens, FL
Kenwin D. Seepersad, Jr. age 24 Miami Gardens, FL
Artrell Terrance Gray age 22 Miami Gardens, FL
Ahmad Jamal Cozart age 24 Miami Gardens, FL
Saheed Rasheed Thompson age 28 Hollywood, FL
Shaheed Rashard Thompson age 30 Hialeah, FL
Rahmin J. Jefferson age 26 Carol City, FL
More specifically, the indictment charges 14 of the defendants with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, marijuana and Ecstasy from around May 2009 through December 2009 (Count 1). One defendant was individually charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana (Count 2). Four others were charged with possessing firearms and/or ammunition after having been previously convicted of a felony (Counts 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9). Seven defendants were charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense (Count 6). In addition, three defendants were charged with possession with intent to unlawfully use and transfer five or more false or stolen identification documents, including driver’s licenses, social security cards, and one U.S. Uniformed Services identification card (Counts 10 and 11). Lastly, the indictment seeks the forfeiture of firearms and ammunition seized during the investigation, including a 40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, an assault rifle, a Glock .357 pistol, shotgun and rifle shells, and .22, .38, and .40 caliber ammunition.
U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer stated, “Today, we announce the results of the most recent partnership between federal and local law enforcement to combat gang and gang-related crime in our communities. This indictment will undoubtedly reduce the level of crime in the Myrtle Grove neighborhood of Miami Gardens, as we have effectively removed fifteen members and associates of the violent Murda Grove Boys gang that had been entrenched in the area. Federal law provides stiff penalties for repeat offenders, narcotics traffickers, and firearm violators. We are here to offer our continued assistance and resources to help our local partners reduce gang violence.”
“The violence and crime in Myrtle Grove and surrounding neighborhoods have spiraled out of control. Today’s arrests and indictment have disrupted and struck a serious blow to the Murda Grove Boys gang operating in this area,” said John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Miami Division. “The results of this investigation would not have been possible without the cooperation between local and federal law enforcement and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.”
Miami Gardens Police Chief Matthew Boyd added, “The dismantling of this criminal organization is just one more step that the Miami Gardens Police Department has undertaken to create a safer community. We greatly appreciate the relationship that we have created with our federal partners while developing this investigation and look forward to continued cooperation and success in the future.”
If convicted of conspiring to possess or possession with the intent to distribute cocaine , the defendants face up to 20-30 years in prison. If convicted on the possession of firearms by convicted felons charges, those defendants face up to 10 years’ imprisonment. If convicted on the possession of five or more identification documents charges, the defendants face a maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment. In addition, those defendants convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime face an additional consecutive 5 year minimum mandatory sentence.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Miami Gardens Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Kelly Karase, and Christina Maxwell.
An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.