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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against 25 Additional Members Of Bronx Drug Trafficking Crews For Distributing Crack Cocaine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday July 25, 2012

Superseding Indictment Unsealed Yesterday Also Charges 12 Defendants With
Firearms Offenses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Wilbert Plummer, Acting Special-Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York (“NYPD”), today announced charges against 25 additional members of a criminal organization based in the Allerton Avenue Co-ops and the Parkside Houses in the Bronx, New York for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Thirty of the 55 defendants charged in the Superseding Indictment, which was unsealed yesterday, were originally charged by complaint in November 2011.  The Superseding Indictment also charges 12 of the defendants with possessing, brandishing and discharging firearms in connection with, and in furtherance of, the crack cocaine conspiracy.

Of the 25 new defendants charged yesterday, 11 were taken into custody as part of a coordinated operation involving federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, eight are in state custody on other charges, and six remain at large.  All 30 of the defendants previously charged were arrested in November and December 2011, and the majority remain detained.  Ten of the defendants in custody were presented in Manhattan federal court yesterday afternoon.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “These arrests mark another step forward in our ongoing efforts to clean up the Bronx and to rid its communities of drugs and guns. The defendants we charged yesterday, along with the 30 members previously charged, is a significant dismantling of these allegedly violent drug trafficking crews, and we hope, real relief from crime in these neighborhoods. But we are far from finished and our efforts will continue unabated.”

Acting DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Wilbert L. Plummer said: “These arrests prove that our Drug Task Force and our law enforcement partners will continue to investigate and arrest organizations who use violence and distribute illegal drugs throughout our communities.  Our goal is to keep our neighborhoods safe from drug abuse and the violence associated.”

NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said: “Everyday, NYPD officers work to disrupt and deter the vicious cycle of illegal narcotics and street violence that destroys the City's poorest neighborhoods.  I commend the undercover officers who risked their lives in this case to better those of others, and the investigators in the DEA who worked with the NYPD to shut down these crack-cocaine dealers in the Allerton Avenue Co-ops and the Parkside Houses.”

As alleged in the Superseding Indictment and other documents filed in Manhattan federal court:

Between October 2006 and December 2011, undercover officers with the NYPD made hundreds of purchases of “crack” cocaine from drug dealers in the Allerton Avenue Co-ops and Parkside Houses.  During the buys, officers were able to purchase significant street level quantity of crack seven days a week, and 24-hours a day.  In addition, members of the drug trafficking organization used firearms, threats of violence and violence to secure and enforce their drug territory.

MARQUIS BRANCH, BERNARD MILES, YACKEEM McFARLANE, ELVIN SKELTON, ARMANI CUMMINGS, BENNY MONDAY, CHRISTOPHER NWANKO, BRYAN RHODES, DASEAN RHODES, JOELL TOMLINSON, JAMES EVANS, RICHARD POLITE, FAHEEM TAYLOR, JUSTIN FREYTES, ALLEN COLON, JAMEL WRIGHT, CHRISTOPHER POLANCO, CHARLES MATTHEWS, CARLOS PONCE, RICHARD BARNWELL, SHAWN WEDDERBURN, CAROLIN PEREZ, IRIS CLASE, KAREN BAXTON, VERLERIA THOMAS, TWILER HOWARD, JUANITA TUCKER, DONNELL HARRIS, CLYDE JONES, JEFFREY PRESSLEY, VICTOR ANDRADES, TROY OWENS, RASHEED BINNS, JOSHUA PERRINGTON, JERRY BUTLER, BASIL JAMISON, KENNETH ACKLES, FELIPE ACEVEDO, JOSE NICOLE, NICOLAS MILLS, MICHAEL THOMPSON, DIMITRI ALVARADO, GREGORY MILLS, THEODORE JOHNSON, ANTHONY WASHINGTON, SHAWN LIPSCOMB, RODNEY HINES, SLAIGAN BAKER, DAVID IRIZARRY, FREDERICK TOMLINSON, DENNIS BYNUM, ANITA GARRET, WAYNE LOWERY, LOUIS CARATTINI, and LATASHA JOHNSON are charged with conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

McFARLANE, NWANKO, CUMMINGS, RHODES, COLON, MATTHEWS, MILES, PONCE, SKELTON, ANDRADES, JOHNSON and NICOLE are also charged with possessing, brandishing and discharging firearms in connection with the drug crimes.

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A chart containing the ages, residency information, and charges against the defendants, as well as the maximum penalties they face is attached.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the DEA and the NYPD.  He added that the investigation is continuing.

The prosecution of this case is being overseen by the Office's Violent Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Hadassa Waxman, Timothy D. Sini, and Michael Ferrara are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. v. Marquis Branch, et al. S1 Indictment

 

DEFENDANT

AGE

RESIDENCE

CHARGES

MAX PENALITY

MARQUIS BRANCH

35

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

BERNARD MILES

23

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearm

Life

YACKEEM McFARLANE

23

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearms

Life

ELVIN SKELTON

25

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearm

Life

ARMANI CUMMINGS

21

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearms

Life

BENNY MONDAY

37

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

CHRISTOPHER NWANKO

28

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearms

Life

BRYAN RHODES

23

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

DASEAN RHODES

21

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearm

Life

JOELL TOMLINSON

22

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

JAMES EVANS

22

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

RICHARD POLITE

23

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

FAHEEM TAYLOR

23

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

JUSTIN FREYTES

22

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

ALLEN COLON

21

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearm

Life

JAMEL WRIGHT

27

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

CHRISTOPHER POLANCO

27

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

CHARLES MATTHEWS

21

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy; Use of firearm

Life

CARLOS PONCE

21

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearm

Life

RICHARD BARNWELL

21

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

SHAWN WEDDERBURN

19

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

CAROLIN PEREZ

28

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

IRIS CLASE

27

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

KAREN BAXTON

52

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

VERLERIA THOMAS

30

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

TWILER HOWARD

51

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

JUANITA TUCKER

52

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

DONNELL HARRIS

25

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

CLYDE JONES

38

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

JEFFREY PRESSLY

47

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

VICTOR ANDRADES

22

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearm

Life

TROY OWENS

24

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

RASHEED BINNS

32

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

JOSHUA PERRINGTON

22

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

JERRY BUTLER

46

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

BASIL JAMISON

22

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

KENNETH ACKLES

24

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

FELIPE ACEVEDO

28

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

JOSE NICOLE

26

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy;
Use of firearm

Life

NICOLAS MILLS

24

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

MICHAEL THOMPSON

20

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

DIMITRI ALVARADO

19

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

GREGORY MILLS

26

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

THEODORE JOHNSON

28

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy; Use of firearm

Life

ANTHONY WASHINGTON

40

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

SHWAN LIPSCOMB

37

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

RODNEY HINES

40

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

SLAIGAN BAKER

24

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

DAVID IRIZARRY

39

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

FREDRICK TOMLINSON

34

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

DENNIS BYNUM

47

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

ANITA GARRET

53

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

WAYNE LOWERY

48

Incarcerated

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

LOUIS CARRATTINI

50

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

LATASHA JOHNSON

41

Bronx, NY

Narcotics conspiracy

Life

 

12-217

 

 

 

 

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