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FIFTEEN CHARGED ON FEDERAL AND STATE DRUG CHARGES IN AND AROUND DUDLEY TRIANGLE IN ROXBURY

April 2, 2010

BOSTON, MA - As the result of an joint operation to address street violence and drug distribution in Boston, United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Office, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley announced state and federal drug and firearm charges against 15 Boston men.

According to evidence elicited at detention hearings, and as alleged in the Complaint Affidavit filed with the Court, the Dudley Triangle area is a commercial and educational area in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Located in and around the Triangle are four major housing developments, the Dudley Square MBTA Station, various schools (including, but not limited to, Madison Park High School and Roxbury Community College) and important civic institutions including the Roxbury District Court, the Dudley branch of the Boston Public Library, and the Boston Police Department’s District B-2 Station.

Evidence at detention hearings also showed that the Dudley Triangle area has fallen victim to high profile shootings such as the May 2009 murder of 15-year-old Soheil Turner. According to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), which analyzed the incidence of drug arrests and associate crime in the Dudley Triangle area, the area attracts open air drug markets, often focusing around the Dudley Square MBTA Station and the nearby Orchard Gardens Housing Development. (See attached exhibits) Detention testimony also established a correlation of drug trafficking and violent crimes such as aggravated assaults, firearm arrests, robberies, and shootings are all demonstrated by the analytical work by the BRIC for the period between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009.

U.S. Attorney Ortiz said, “Once again, cooperation between state and federal investigators has enabled us to remove individuals who allegedly committed serious drug and firearm offenses from the streets. The people who live in the neighborhoods affected by these defendants, have the right to walk down the street, sit on their porch and let their children play in their neighborhoods without fear. The law abiding residents of Boston deserve nothing less, and we will not stand by while a handful of criminals disrupt the lives and neighborhoods of this community.”

As part of its comprehensive ongoing efforts to make the Dudley Triangle area safe for its many residents and visitors, the Boston Police Department and the DEA have been conducting joint operations in and around the Dudley Triangle since the summer of 2009. The goal of these operations has been to investigate and target individual dealers of crack cocaine or heroin in and around area housing developments, parks, and other important public places.

Commissioner Davis stated, “This collaborative enforcement initiative will have a positive effect on public safety, criminal activity and disorder concerns in our community. Our cooperative efforts with state and federal law enforcement partners continue to send a clear message that we will not tolerate illegal drug activity in our neighborhoods. I applaud these officers for their efforts and their continued dedication to community policing. Boston Police along with our law enforcement partners will persevere in our efforts to provide a safe community.”

DEA Special Agent in Charge Derr said, “This investigation is another excellent example of collaborative law enforcement. In working in concert with the Boston Police Department and the United States Attorney's Office, DEA has targeted a portion of the city that has been plagued with continued violence. The community deserves safe neighborhoods, not to live in fear.”

“The violence associated with gangs, guns, and drugs has already injured and killed too many innocents. With our local, state, and federal partners, we will take every legal step and use every legal tool to take gunmen and drug dealers off our streets and out of our neighborhoods,” stated DA Conley.

The joint operation resulted in Federal Indictments or Criminal Complaints returned against the following Boston men:

DEMETRIUS CALHOUN, A/K/A “PORK-C,” A/K/A/ “PORK,” 43
Charged with one count of Distribution of Heroin and Aiding and Abetting. He faces 20 years imprisonment, fine of up to $1 million, and supervised release of three years to life;

STEVEN CHAMBERS, 29. Charged with one count of Distribution of Cocaine Base and Aiding and Abetting. He faces 20 years imprisonment, fine of up to $1 million, and supervised release of three years to life. CHAMBERS REMAINS A FUGITIVE;

NICHOLAS COX, 24
Charged with one count of Distribution of Cocaine Base and Aiding and Abetting. He faces 20 years imprisonment, fine of up to $1 million, and supervised release of three years to life;

AKEIM FRANCIS, 22
Charged with one count of Distribution of Cocaine Base and Aiding and Abetting. Faces 20 years imprisonment, fine of up to $1 million, and supervised release of three years to life;

JIMMAL MARSHAL, 20
Charged with one count of Distribution of Cocaine; Distribution of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School; Aiding and Abetting. He faces 40 years imprisonment with a one-year mandatory minimum, fine of up to $2 million, and supervised release of six years to life;

CHRISTOPHER RODRIGUEZ, 19.
Charged with one count of Distribution of Cocaine; Distribution of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School; Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition; Aiding and Abetting. He faces 40 years imprisonment with a one-year mandatory minimum, fine of up to $2 million, and supervised release of six years to life on the drug charge; 10 years imprisonment, fine of up to $250k, and supervised release up to three years on the firearms charge;

VANCE TRAYNHAM, A/K/A “V,” 35
Charged with Distribution of Cocaine Base and Aiding and Abetting. He faces 20 years imprisonment, fine of up to $1 million, and supervised release of three years to life. TRAYNHAM REMAINS A FUGITIVE;

KEVIN WIGGINS, 37
Charged with Distribution of Cocaine Base and Aiding and Abetting. He faces 20 years imprisonment, fine of up to $1 million, supervised release of three years to life. WIGGINS REMAINS A FUGITIVE;

KEVIN WOODS, 19
Charged with one count of Cocaine Base and Aiding and Abetting. He faces 20 years imprisonment, fine of up to $1 million, supervised release of three years to life, and a $100 mandatory special assessment;

TYRONE YOUNG, A/K/A “BIG E,” 31
Charged with one count of Distribution of Cocaine; Distribution of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School and Aiding and Abetting. He faces 40 years imprisonment with a one-year mandatory minimum, fine of up to $2 million, and supervised release of six years to life;

KENNETH WHIGHAM, 28
Charged with Distribution of Cocaine Base and Aiding and Abetting. He faces 20 years imprisonment, fine of up to $1 million, and supervised release of three years to life;

ALONZO WHITE, 38
Charged with Distribution of Cocaine Base and Aiding and Abetting. He faces 20 years imprisonment, fine of up to $1 million, and supervised release of three years to life.

Three individuals were arrested and charged on state drug charges:

KEVIN FARROW, 38
Charged with three separate crack cocaine sales
He faces 10 years maximum in state prison;

WILLIAM HOWELL, 17
Charged with Distribution of Class B in a School Zone
He faces 10 years maximum in state prison;

GUTHRIE SMITH, 37
Charged with crack cocaine sale
He faces 10 years maximum in state prison.

The cases were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Boston Police Department’s Drug Control Unit, Youth Violence Strike Force and Special Investigations Unit. They are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney’s in Ortiz’s Strike Force and Gang Unit.
The details contained in the Indictments and Complaints are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS of KEVIN WIGGINS, VANCE TRAYNHAM, OR STEPHEN CHAMBERS ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT OR CALL 1-800-494-TIPS.

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