Twelve Charged with Selling Drugs in and Around Orchard Gardens Housing Development in Boston
A dozen weapons purchased during the investigation
BOSTON – Twelve men, eleven of whom are alleged members or associates of the Orchard Park Trailblazers and Vine/Forest Street gangs, were charged with selling crack cocaine in and around Roxbury’s Orchard Gardens Housing Development.
This morning, federal, state and local law enforcement arrested eight of the 12 defendants charged with distribution of cocaine base, a/k/a crack cocaine, within 1,000 feet of a school. The following individuals were charged today:
1. Dominique Dozier, 31, of Boston;
2. Tyree Draughn, a/k/a “Ty,” 25, of Boston, alleged member of Orchard Park Trailblazers;
3. Daiquan Lucas, a/k/a “Sav Montana,” 24, of Boston, alleged member of Vine/Forest Street;
4. Jeremiah Mines, a/k/a “Germ Gee,” “Jerm,” 24, of Boston, alleged member of Orchard Park Trailblazers;
5. Andre Parham-Rankin, a/k/a “Chuck,” 21, of Boston, alleged member of Orchard Park Trailblazers;
6. Lyndon Scott, a/k/a “L-Dot,” “L-Scott,” “Skizzy,” 27, of Brockton, alleged member of Orchard Park Trailblazers;
7. Keon Smith, 38, of Boston, alleged member of Orchard Park Trailblazers; and
8. Kevin Woods, 26, of Boston, alleged member of Vine/Forest Street.
The following charged individuals are fugitives:
1. Raymond Gaines, a/k/a “Hops,” 38, of Brockton, alleged member of Orchard Park Trailblazers;
2. Jaylin Hawkins, a/k/a “Rocko,” “Jay-Roc,” “Lil Bro,” 23, of Boston, alleged member of Orchard Park Trailblazers.
In addition, Raul Williams, a/k/a “Boobie,” 26, of Boston, an alleged member of Orchard Park Trailblazers, was previously charged by the state.
Jose Quinones, a/k/a “Julio,” 24, also an alleged member of Orchard Park Trailblazers, was previously charged with being an alien in possession of a firearm and distribution of cocaine base and has been deported to the Dominican Republic.
During an earlier phase of the investigation, Diamond Brito was charged with gun and drug offenses and sentenced to eight years in prison. Brito, an identified member of the Orchard Park Trailblazers, sold investigators 12 guns and over 35 grams of crack cocaine in 13 separate transactions.
The charges are the result of a nearly two-year investigation into the high concentration of crime in and around the Orchard Park Development, the largest publically funded development in Roxbury which is also adjacent to Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School. The crime stems, in part, from the illegal activities of the members and associates of the Orchard Park Trailblazers who allegedly have active feuds with rival gangs throughout the city, contributing to the area’s violence. Eleven of the 12 defendants are alleged members or associates of the Orchard Park Trailblazers or Vine/Forest Street, another area gang. Between October 2015 and May 2017, three cooperating witnesses made 34 controlled drug purchases from the defendants in or around the Development.
According to Boston Police records, 10 of the defendants have been shot or stabbed, some more than once. It is alleged in court documents that the residents of the Development often express concerns to law enforcement about the violence in the area and the gang members who contribute to an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.
The charge of distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school provides for a sentence of no greater than 40 years in prison, a minimum of six years and no more than a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $2 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans made the announcement today. Assistance with today’s arrests was also provided by the Massachusetts State Police.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.