United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Donna Krise
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2008 ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe PHONE: (936) 639-4003
CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE IN LONGVIEW, TEXAS
(Tyler, Texas) At approximately 7:00 a.m. on May 28, 2008, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began arresting individuals charged with involvement in a drug trafficking criminal enterprise in the Gregg County, Texas, area. Agents and officers began executing 29 federal arrest warrants and 27 State arrest warrants.
According to court documents, an investigation of two violent street gangs, the Davis Street Gang and the 12th Street Crips, and their associates, began in January 2006. These gangs are believed to be responsible for distribution of significant quantities of crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana, and commission of various firearms violations, including possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of firearms in relation to drug-trafficking offenses.
Court documents suggest that these gangs are responsible for a large percentage of the crack cocaine and marijuana being transported and sold in the Gregg County, Texas, area. Each gang is alleged to have maintained drug houses in which crack cocaine, marijuana, promethazine, pills, and firearms were continually being sold. It is alleged that these drug houses were supplied and protected by the gangs. The investigation has uncovered evidence indicating that each of the houses is responsible for the distribution of a large quantity of crack cocaine.
On May 13, 2008, a federal grand jury returned an 87-count Superseding Indictment charging the 29 people with multiple counts of federal drug and firearms violations. The Superseding Indictment resulted from a lengthy investigation launched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the East Texas HIDTA Violent Crimes Task Force, the Gregg County C.O.D.E. Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, and the Kilgore Police Department.
Special Agent In Charge Robert E. Casey Jr., FBI, stated, “This investigation is just one example of the numerous joint investigations worked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and local law enforcement, such as the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office, the Longview Police Department, the Kilgore Police Department, and the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office. The FBI, along with our Federal and local law enforcement partners, are committed to vigorously pursuing the drug and violent crime problem within our communities.”
Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael A. Golson, Sr., ATF, stated, "This investigation is evidence of how ATF works with our law enforcement partners to combat violent crime and criminal gangs in East Texas. We will continue to target dangerous individuals that terrorize neighborhoods and subsequently affect the quality of life in those areas."
Carl Dorrough, Gregg County Criminal District Attorney, stated, "As a community, we are indebted to the men and women of law enforcement, local, state, and federal, who spent countless hours and resources in this investigation. Their efforts, culminating in today’s arrests, display the level of success that can be achieved when all levels of law enforcement work together cooperatively. Today’s arrests and the coming prosecutions do not simply concern illegal drugs. These two organizations have been and would continue to be, absent this investigation, deeply involved in activities that endanger the lives of our citizens."
"This operation has been a cooperative effort between all the agencies involved. The arrest of these defendants should send a message to anyone who would choose to participate in this type of illegal activity that law enforcement will combine resources to stop it," said Chief J. B. McCaleb of the Longview Police Department.
“This is the result of a combination of law enforcement efforts set forth to dismantle a violent organized criminal organization,” Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said today. “We are hopeful that the arrest of these defendants will reduce the amount of violent crime, drug trafficking and the unlawful use of firearms in Gregg and surrounding counties,” Sheriff Cerliano said.
If convicted, the defendants face up to life in prison and fines of more than $4 million. It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of either innocence or guilt.
The defendants in custody will have an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie in Tyler, Texas.
Those named in the Superseding Indictment are QUINCY L. HEAD, aka Q45 (01), age 27, Longview, Texas; WILLIAM EARL JOHNSON, JR., aka Truck (02), age 31, Longview, Texas; MARCHELLO DORNELL MILLER, (03) aka Chello, age 27, Longview, Texas; DAJAMUEL DIONE FLOYD, (04) aka Jamie and/or Red, age 30, Longview, Texas; RODRICK DEWAYNE TAYLOR, (05) aka Playboy, age 35, Dallas, Texas; JAMES DARRELL LISTER, JR., (06) aka Wee Wee, age 26, Longview, Texas; LARRY DONELL GEORGE, (07) aka LG and/or G, age 25, Longview, Texas; BRONSON BENARD BELL, aka Lil B (08), age 24, Longview, Texas; CHESTER WAYNE DAVIS (09), age 33, Longview, Texas; WENDALLEN CARDARIUS ADAMS, (10) aka Pooh, age 19, Longview, Texas; TONY WAYNE JAMERSON, (11) aka Tony Jacobs, age 22, Longview, Texas; RICKY NELSON MILES, JR., (12) aka Ricky Tick and/or Tick, age 24, Longview, Texas; JUAN DANIELL INGRAM, aka 1G (13), age 31, Longview, Texas; LEONARDO DAVINCI ALFORD, (14) aka Leo, age 29, Longview, Texas; LARRY NORRIS CANADA (15), age 24, Longview, Texas; CORY TEDERRELL DAWKINS, (16) aka Clacky Ray, age 31, Longview, Texas; HOWARD WAYNE STINSON, (17) aka Big Wayne, age 35, Longview, Texas; ALBERT LEE SCOTT, JR., aka Chi Ali (18), age 32, Longview, Texas; CARLO DEMOND STOKER-YOUNG, (19) aka Little Joe, age 29, Longview, Texas; ARTHUR JAMES WOODS, aka AWAL (20), age 30, Longview, Texas; KEVIN LYNN CANADA (21), age 28, Longview, Texas; MARCUS DEWAYNE FAGGANS (22), age 24, Longview, Texas; STEVEN LEMOND DARDEN, (23) aka Little Stevie, age 31, Longview, Texas; CAMERON SIMS, aka Big Boy (24), age 29, Longview, Texas; JOE FRANK GONERWAY (25), age 47, Longview, Texas; EMMANUEL LARMARK BUCHANAN (26) aka Fat Man, age 32, Longview, Texas; CLIFTON EARL ROBINSON, (27) aka Mister C, age 33, Longview, Texas; IVORY JACKSON, aka "Nutty" Jackson (28), age 28, Longview, Texas; STEVEN DUANE GLOVER (29), age 23, Longview, Texas.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore is prosecuting the case.
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