Members of Alleged Marijuana Distribution Organization Indicted on Racketeering Charges
Charges Include Kidnapping and Murder in Aid of Racketeering
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted six people in connection with a conspiracy to distribute marijuana as part of the Brown Organization, a criminal organization whose members allegedly engaged in narcotics distribution primarily in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona and Jamaica. The third superseding indictment was returned on October 25, 2011, and unsealed late on Friday. Charged in the indictment are:
Jean Brown, age 42, of Jamaica;
Hubert Downer, a/k/a “Doc” and “Michael Reid,” age 51, of Jamaica;
Dean Myrie, a/k/a “Journey,” of Jamaica;
Dmytro Holovko, a/k/a “The Russian,” age 53, of Hillside, New Jersey;
Jason Carnegie, a/k/a “Dollar,” “Dollar Bill,” and “Dalski,” age 41,
of Lauderhill, Florida; and
Anthony Hendrickson, age 71, of Gardena, California.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.
“Law enforcement in Maryland is united in its resolve to protect our communities from the scourge of narcotics trafficking,” said William Winter, special agent in charge for HSI in Baltimore. “This HSI-led investigation was greatly enhanced by the assistance and the expertise of the Baltimore County Police Department - Homicide Division who uncovered and solved the murder of a member of the Brown criminal organization. HSI will continue working with our law enforcement partners to investigate and, ultimately, dismantle criminal organizations that are wreaking violence in our communities through the illicit drug trade.”
The seven count indictment alleges that from at least 2000 to the present, the defendants were part of the Brown drug organization and conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. Further, the indictment alleges that in December 2009, Brown, Downer and Myrie kidnapped and murdered Michael Knight to further the Brown Organization’s drug business. Downer is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and with illegally re-entering the United States after having previously been deported after a felony conviction.
The defendants face a maximum of life in prison for the drug conspiracy. Brown, Downer and Myrie face a maximum of life in prison for kidnapping in aid of racketeering and the death penalty for murder in aid of racketeering. Brown and Downer face a maximum of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid or racketeering. Finally, Downer faces a maximum of 10 years in prison each for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm; and 20 years in prison for illegal re-entry to the United States.
Hendrickson was arrested on November 4, 2011, in Los Angeles and had an initial appearance in U.S. District Court there. He will be transported to Baltimore in the next few weeks. Brown, Downer, Holvko and Carnegie were previously arrested and had their initial appearances. Brown, Downer and Holvko are detained and Carnegie is released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services. Myrie is still being sought.
Individuals with information about the possible whereabouts of Dean Myrie, a/k/a “Journey,” should contact ICE HSI at 866-DHS-2ICE, www.ice.gov/tips or 802-872-6199 if calling from outside the United States.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ICE - Homeland Security Investigations, the Baltimore County Police Department Homicide/Missing Persons Unit, and the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Stefan D. Cassella and Peter M. Nothstein, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.