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JOINT INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN FEDERAL AND STATE NARCOTICS AND FIREARMS CHARGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2011

Twelve Individuals Charged in Miami Gardens Undercover Operation

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Hugo J. Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), Miami Office, and Matthew Boyd, Chief, Miami Gardens Police Department, announce the unsealing of six federal indictments against seven individual defendants and five state arrest warrants, charging a total of twelve defendants with various violations of state and federal narcotics and firearms laws.

Today’s arrests are the culmination of months of investigation by ATF and the Miami Gardens Police Department in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is a Department of Justice nationwide initiative that combines traditional law enforcement activities with community-based support and intervention programs. The two primary goals of the PSN initiative are to reduce and prevent violent crimes and to help past offenders adjust and re-enter the community. PSN is the nation’s largest and most visible effort to combat violent crime and criminal gang activity at the community level by increasing coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement and the community. Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative. This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.

More specifically, the investigation resulted in the seizure of 55 firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, two bulletproof vests, and various amounts of narcotics. Among the firearms seized are two fully automatic machine guns, two short-barreled shotguns, and two firearms with obliterated serial numbers. All of the firearms and narcotics were seized from the defendants in Miami Gardens, with most of the defendants being residents of Miami Gardens. Many of the defendants have prior convictions for narcotics distribution or other violent crimes.

The federal indictments name the following individuals:

Travis Williams, 31, of Miami, and Markeith Brown, 30, of Miami Gardens, both convicted felons, have been indicted for conspiracy to deal in firearms without a license, dealing in firearms without a license, several counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and distribution of narcotics. If convicted, Williams faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of up to 70 years and Brown faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of up to130 years.

Tony Crockett, 41, of Miami Gardens, a convicted felon, has been indicted on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and distribution of cocaine. If convicted, Crockett faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of up to 40 years.

Anthony Morris, 30, of Miami, a convicted felon, has been indicted on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, Morris faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of up to 10 years.

Anthony Grier, 23, of Miami Gardens, a convicted felon, has been indicted for dealing firearms without a license, seven counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and distribution of cocaine. If convicted, Grier faces a statutory maximum term of imprisonment of up to 85 years.

Danny Lewis, 34, of Miami Gardens, a convicted felon, has been indicted for dealing in firearms and six counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, Lewis faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of up to 65 years.

Nathaniel Shaw, 32, of Miami Gardens, a convicted felon, has been indicted for dealing in firearms, four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and distribution of narcotics. If convicted, Shaw faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of up to 85 years.

Those charged by the State of Florida are:
Andrae Binns, 27, Jessie Fussell, 27, and Nathaniel Garnett, 28, all of Miami Gardens, have been charged with selling cocaine, in violation of Florida state law. If convicted, each faces a maximum term of incarceration of 15 years.

James Harrison, 34, of Miami Gardens, a felon with convictions for narcotics distribution, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, Harrison faces a maximum term of incarceration of 15 years and a minimum-mandatory sentence of three years.

Vincent Daniels, 24, of Miami Gardens, has been charged with armed sale of marijuana, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, possession of a bulletproof vest during a crime, and two counts of carrying a concealed firearm. If convicted, Daniels faces a maximum term of incarceration of 50 years.

Federal and state law enforcement also served federal and state search warrants at various locations.

U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer stated, “As a result of this long-term concerted effort, a dozen dangerous individuals, including convicted felons, their guns and their drugs, have been removed from the streets of Miami Gardens. Working as a team, we shared intelligence, effectively multiplied our resources, and enhanced our ability to tackle violent crime in this community. We are proud of our collaborative relationship and look forward to many more successful operations – like this one – aimed at making our communities safer.”

“I’m proud to be a partner with the United States Attorney Wifredo Ferrer and Chief Matthew Boyd of the Miami Gardens Police Department in our joint effort against guns and drugs in our community,” commented Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Those individuals who are determined to bring Miami Gardens down, determined to steal our community’s sense of safety, cannot and will not be allowed to succeed.”

“We are very pleased to have participated in this joint investigation. The partnership that the Miami Gardens Police Department has created with our fellow law enforcement agencies has a positive impact on our community and has created a safer environment for our citizens. Our Police Department is committed to removing violent offenders from the streets of Miami Gardens,” said Miami Gardens Chief of Police Matthew Boyd.

ATF Special Agent in Charge Hugo Barrera stated, “The repeated and successful strikes against criminals and violence in South Florida by a united multi-jurisdictional police front confirms that law enforcement is committed to ensuring that law abiding citizens are safe in their homes and communities. All those who violate this basic principle and prey on innocent victims should know that we will not stop until we find them and bring them to justice.”

Mr. Ferrer and Ms. Fernandez Rundle commend the investigative efforts of the Miami Gardens Police Department and ATF. Mr. Ferrer and Ms. Fernandez Rundle also thanked the U.S. Marshals Service, the Aventura Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General for their assistance in this matter. These cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Assistant State Attorney Timothy M. Moore and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adam McMichael, Sharad Motiani, Amanda Perwin, and Gera Peoples.>

An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Attachments:
Anthony Grier Indictment (PDF)
Anthony Morris Indictment (PDF)
Anthony Morris (JPG)
Danny Lewis Indictment (PDF)
Nathaniel Shaw Indictment (PDF)
Tony Crockett Indictment (PDF)
Travis Williams,et al. Indictment (PDF)
Travis Williams (JPG)

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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.

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