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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Seven Defendants Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Narcotics Trafficking In Orange County

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Carl E. DuBois, the Orange County Sheriff (“OCSO”), and Doug Solomon, the Chief of the City of Newburgh Police Department (“CNPD”), announced the unsealing of an indictment and a complaint charging seven defendants with allegedly engaging in the distribution of cocaine throughout the Southern District of New York.  Three defendants were taken into federal custody on March 22.  Three defendants were taken into federal custody on April 17 and were presented in White Plains federal court yesterday afternoon before United States Magistrate Lisa M. Smith.  This case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas.  Defendant TAMIKA SWEAT remains at large.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Today we announce the indictment of seven individuals for conspiring to bring large amounts of cocaine to the streets of Newburgh.  I commend our law enforcement partners for another success in our collective effort to keep dangerous narcotics off our streets.

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “Our partnerships we’ve established and cultivated with local law enforcement agencies proves cases like this are making a significant impact on our communities.  Those same communities are fighting the rising, deadly consequences of illegal drugs that are tearing families and neighborhoods apart.  The FBI won’t stop pursuing the suppliers and dealers each and every day, as long as the problem exists.”

Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois said:  “I have made a commitment to protect the public from the scourge of illicit drug trafficking in Orange County and I commend the FBI Safe Streets Task Force for carrying out our mission to stop the plague of drugs from devastating our communities.”

City of Newburgh Police Chief Doug Solomon said:  “This case is another example of our collaboration with The Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force. We will continue to build cases against people who sell narcotics in our city. We will utilize all of our local, state and federal partners in accomplishing this goal. This case should act as yet another reminder of how dedicated we are to eliminating crime and making our neighborhoods safer for the residents of The City of Newburgh.”

As alleged in the Indictment unsealed yesterday in White Plains federal court[1]:

From at least in or about 2017 up to and including in or about March 2018, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, EDWIN GUERRIER, a/k/a “Eddy F,” CARLOS FABIAN, and FERNANDO FERRER conspired to distribute 5 kilograms and more of cocaine; TAMIKA SWEAT, WILLIAM JONES, a/k/a “Polly,” MAURICE MURPHY, a/k/a “Marky D,” and EUGENE JOHNSON, conspired to distribute 500 grams and more of cocaine. 

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The defendants EDWIN GUERRIER, CARLOS FABIAN, and FERNANDO FERRER face a maximum term of life in prison, and a mandatory term of 10 years in prison.  Defendants TAMIKA SWEAT, WILLIAM JONES, MAURICE MURPHY, and EUGENE JOHNSON face a maximum term of 40 years in prison, and a mandatory term of five years in prison.

A chart containing the names of the defendants who were arrested and charged today, and the charges and maximum penalties they face, is attached.

The statutory maximum sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for information purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants would be determined by the respective judges.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, City of Newburgh Police Department. 

These cases are being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Samuel L. Raymond is in charge of the prosecutions.

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

 

CHARGE(S)

DEFENDANTS

MAXIMUM PENALTIES

Narcotics conspiracy

(Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms and more of cocaine.)

EDWIN GUERRIER,

a/k/a “Eddy F,”

 

CARLOS FABIAN,

 

FERNANDO FERRER

 

 

Life in prison

 

Mandatory minimum: 10 years in prison

Narcotics conspiracy

(Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams and more of cocaine.)

TAMIKA SWEAT,

 

WILLIAM JONES,

a/k/a “Polly,”

 

MAURICE MURPHY,

a/k/a “Marky D,”

 

EUGENE JOHNSON

40 years in prison

 

Mandatory minimum: 5 years in prison

 

 

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
18-126
Updated April 19, 2018