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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Seven Defendants Arrested for Distributing Heroin, Fentanyl and Cocaine Base Near Elementary School and in Public Housing in Brooklyn

Three indictments were unsealed yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn charging seven defendants with narcotics trafficking in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Jessie Smith, Kendall Johnson, also known as “Duke,” Tyrell Spellman, also known as “Rude Boy,” Saquan Warlick, also known as “SB,” Ruben Pabon, Byron Elder, also known as “Bezo,” and Adrian Mattei, also known as “Spanish D,” were arrested yesterday and arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the indictments.

“As alleged, Mattei sold heroin near a public elementary school in Bushwick, and the other defendants sold heroin laced with fentanyl and crack cocaine, inside the Bushwick Houses,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “Drug dealers destroy lives and communities and threaten our young people in countless ways.  We are working tirelessly with our partners to hold accountable the criminals who contribute to the opioid epidemic and to ensure that the residents of our communities are free from the plague of drug trafficking.” 

“The subjects arrested in this case are allegedly pushing the drugs that are killing hundreds of people daily in this country,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in Charge Sweeney.  “They also exposed children going to and from school to a scary and violent world of criminal activity that would be difficult for an impressionable child to forget.  The FBI Metro Safe Streets Task Force is doing all it can every day to remove these dealers from the communities most impacted by their illicit actions.”

“Crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl have a well-known history of destroying lives and devastating communities,” stated NYPD Commissioner O’Neill.  “That’s why the NYPD and its law enforcement partners work tirelessly to rid our city of these deadly drugs and prosecute those who sell them.  I want to thank the investigators who worked on this case.  It is their dedication and hard work that keeps our most vulnerable communities – in this case schools and public housing – safe.”

According to the indictments and court documents, between July 2018 and June 2019, Smith and his co-conspirators distributed heroin, fentanyl and crack, and between November 2018 and June 2019, Pabon and Elder distributed more than 28 grams of crack, in and around the Bushwick Houses.  In August 2018, Adrian Mattei allegedly distributed heroin within 1,000 feet of Public School 257, an elementary school on Cook Street in Brooklyn.  Smith is charged with distributing and possessing over 1,000 grams of heroin. 

If convicted, the maximum sentences range from 40 years’ to life imprisonment.

The charges in the indictments are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Nadia E. Moore and Nicholas J. Moscow are in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendants:

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 19-CR-283 (WFK)

ADRIAN MATTEI (also known as “Spanish D”)
Age:  32
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 19-CR-284 (RJD)

Age:  29
Brooklyn, New York

KENDALL JOHNSON (also known as “Duke”)
Age:  32
Brooklyn, New York

TYRELL SPELLMAN (also known as “Rude Boy”)
Age:  31
Brooklyn, New York

SAQUAN WARLICK (also known as “SB”)
Age:  21
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 19-CR-285 (PKC)

Age:  28
Brooklyn, New York

BYRON ELDER (also known as “Bezo”)
Age:  43
Brooklyn, New York

Drug Trafficking
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Updated June 27, 2019