News and Press Releases

Thirteen Defendants Arrested in Drug Sweep in Brooklyn

January 04 , 2005

ROSLYNN R. MAUSKOPF, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, ANTHONY P. PLACIDO, Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York, RAYMOND W. KELLY, Commissioner, New York City Police Department, WAYNE E. BENNETT, Superintendent, New York State Police, announced today the arrest of RONALD MAYO, ALAN COVINGTON, JAMES MAYO, WILLIE MAYO, MAGALINA MAYO, BRENDA MAYO, DENISE MAYO, ANGELINA MAYO, IESHA MAYO, JOHN MAYO, RAHEEM MAYO, MICHAEL SLEDGE and SHAVON GUMBS for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances including cocaine, cocaine base ("crack") and marijuana.1 The defendants constitute two generations of the Mayo family and their associates.

The investigation leading to the arrests was conducted by the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, comprised of investigators from the DEA, the NYPD and the NYS Police, and relied on evidence obtained through judicially-authorized wiretaps and undercover purchases of narcotics.

The defendants were arrested this morning, all but three at a multiple-family residence located diagonally across the street from PS 81, Thaddeus Stevens School, at 67 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, where many of the defendants resided. The defendants' initial appearances are scheduled to be held later this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Marilyn D. Go at the U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York.

According to the first complaint, JAMES MAYO, WILLIE MAYO, MAGALINA MAYO, BRENDA MAYO, DENISE MAYO, ANGELINA MAYO, IESHA MAYO, JOHN MAYO, RAHEEM MAYO, MICHAEL SLEDGE each sold crack from the 67 Stuyvesant Avenue residence during some or all of the period between 1999 and the present. The crack was supplied by RONALD MAYO and ALAN COVINGTON. During the same time period, 1999 to the present, the complaint alleges that RONALD MAYO acquired in excess of 150 kilograms of cocaine. The second complaint charges that SHAVON GUMBS sold marijuana from the same location during the past few months.

Earlier today, law enforcement agents and officers seized two kilograms of cocaine and approximately $10,000 in cash from RONALD MAYO's residence at 777 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. In addition, search warrants were executed this morning at 67 Stuyvesant Avenue and ALAN COVINGTON's residence, 613 East 102nd Street, Brooklyn, New York. The search of 67 Stuyvesant Avenue yielded approximately 15 grams of crack, two pounds of marijuana, $5,000 in cash, and a loaded, semi-automatic pistol. The search of 613 East 102nd Street yielded approximately $5,000 in cash and a loaded, semi-automatic pistol.

If convicted, each of the defendants, except GUMS, faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, lifetime supervised release, and a fine of $4,000,000. If convicted, SHAVON GUMBS faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, lifetime supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

"Thanks to the cooperative efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement, a crackhouse that has been a longstanding blight in the community, and its suppliers, have been shut down," stated United States Attorney MAUSKOPF. "This investigation and prosecution is yet another example of our determination to return the streets of the community to their law-abiding residents." Ms. MAUSKOPF thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives for its assistance, and added that the government's investigation is continuing.

DEA Special Agent-in-Charge PLACIDO stated, "The success of dismantling the Mayo cocaine trafficking organization exemplifies the benefits of combining federal, state and local law enforcement efforts against a common threat. This criminal organization operating on the streets of Brooklyn contributed not only to local crime but also to family breakdown, increased danger on the roadways, and decreased productivity that result from drug abuse. These arrests are important because they help to reclaim a drug-ravaged neighborhood and provide a safer environment for the children who attend the public school located across the street from 67 Stuyvesant Avenue."

NYPD Commissioner KELLY stated, "These arrests represent another success in our ongoing effort to impact on the narcotics trade and return communities to the law-abiding citizens who live there. This Department is focused on improving neighborhoods by ridding them of the scourge of the drug business. Today marks the Mayo operation's expiration date."

NYS Police Superintendent BENNETT stated, "Once again, through a long term, coordinated effort of federal, state and local law enforcement, we have brought to justice the participants in this long-running, street-level drug operation."

The government's case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Freedman.




1 The charges announced today are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

USAO 			Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
victims Witnesses Assistance

The Department of Justice believes that it is important to keep victims/witnesses of federal crime informed of court proceedings and what services may be available to assist you.

Community Outreach

Giving Back to the Community through a variety of venues & initatives.

Report Fraud

Stay Connected: Visit us on Twitter
What Makes Schools Safer? Using science to discover what works. Federal funding available. Visit, keywords: 'comprehensive school safety intiative'