Nine Alleged Members of a Staten Island Crack Cocaine Distribution Organization Arrested
The Defendants are also Alleged Members or Associates of the Bloods Street Gang
An indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging nine members of an alleged Staten Island-based crack and cocaine distribution ring with narcotics trafficking. Each defendant is allegedly associated with a criminal organization that has dominated the narcotics trade in the Park Hill housing complex in the Clifton neighborhood of Staten Island, and is either a member or associate of the Bloods street gang.1 The defendants arrested today will be arraigned later this afternoon before United States Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York.
The charges were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office; Daniel M. Donovan, Jr., Richmond County District Attorney; and Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.
The investigation by the FBI and the NYPD revealed the existence of a long-running and violent narcotics distribution ring operating in and around the Park Hill housing development and elsewhere on the north shore of Staten Island. According to the indictment and other court filings submitted by the government, Harvey Christian, also known as “Black,” and his brother, Anthony Christian, also known as “Nitty,” were leaders of the organization, and several of the defendants are believed to have committed various acts of drug and gang-related violence, including murder. In recent months, the FBI and the NYPD obtained court-authorized wiretaps that captured hundreds of recordings of the defendants’ narcotics transactions, and multiple search warrants and arrests during the past year related to members of the organization and their associates resulted in the seizure of firearms and ammunition, including a Mac-11 pistol and large quantities of crack and powder cocaine. A search of the Christian brothers’ apartment in Park Hill in February 2010, led to the seizure of two bulletproof vests, crack cocaine, and marijuana. A search warrant executed at their apartment today resulted in the seizure of additional quantities of crack cocaine, marijuana, a scale, and other drug paraphernalia. In addition, a loaded nine millimeter firearm and crack cocaine were recovered this morning from the residence of one of their co-defendants.
The indictment is the product of an ongoing investigation into gang and narcotics-related violence on the north shore of Staten Island, which has resulted in the filing of federal narcotics and weapons charges against more than 35 individuals in the past three years.
“As alleged in the indictment and other government filings, the charges and arrests announced today have disrupted a prolific drug trafficking crew that has operated for years and victimized an entire housing complex in Staten Island,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “We are committed to ensuring that all residents of our district, including the families who live, work, and play in housing developments across New York City, are free from the scourge of narcotics trafficking and associated violence. Through the close cooperation of federal and local law enforcement, nine members and associates of a dangerous gang will now be held to account for their charged crimes.” Ms. Lynch added that the government’s investigation is continuing.
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Fedarcyk stated, “The residents of the Park Hill complex have as much right as any New Yorkers to a peaceful existence in their neighborhood. We are determined to rid Park Hill of the gangs, guns, and drugs that have plagued the area, and in the process, to eliminate the fear and violence that go with them.”
“For nearly two decades, the defendants allegedly controlled the illegal drug trade in Park Hill, holding the community hostage with their brutality and ruthlessness,” said Staten Island District Attorney Donovan. “Over the years, we have put dozens of their alleged colleagues in prison. But now, thanks to a collaborative effort with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, the NYPD, and the FBI, we have completely dismantled this charged criminal dynasty.”
NYPD Commissioner Kelly stated, “In this case, the Christian brothers didn’t run a winery. They have been accused of drug trafficking that has plagued the neighborhood for years with its associated violence. Illegal firearms, including a ‘Mac-11,’ have been seized in the case. I want to commend the NYPD officers and our federal partners for the successful collaboration in this investigation.”
If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Shreve Ariail, Zainab Ahmad, and Richard Tucker.
JAIME BOOKER, also known as “Mo-mo”
ANTHONY BRITT, also known as “N-O”
ANTHONY CHRISTIAN, also known as “Nitty”
HARVEY CHRISTIAN, also known as “Black”
ROBERT FIELDS, also known as “Boy Boy”
PAUL FORD, also known as “Uncles,” “Unks,” “Dred,” and “Ninja”
JAMELLE HARPER, also known as “B-Realz”
JASON QUINN, also known as “Q”
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