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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ten Defendants Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Committing Narcotics Offenses In Peekskill

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Eric Johansen, the Chief of the Peekskill Police Department, and George Longworth, Commissioner-Sheriff of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, today announced the unsealing of two Complaints charging a total of 10 defendants with committing various narcotics offenses in Peekskill, New York.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “The complaints charge conspiracies to distribute large quantities of crack cocaine.  With the federal charges brought today we have taken a big step in neutralizing two different drug rings that have been peddling drugs for years in the city of Peekskill.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez stated: “People depend on law enforcement to stem the flow of illegal drugs into their communities and reduce associated crime in the area.  Although today’s actions have halted a conspiracy to distribute highly addictive drugs in the Peekskill area, there are many steps to be taken in ridding society of crimes of this nature.”

Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen stated: “The message is clear: deal drugs in Peekskill and we will continue to pursue you with all of our resources.  This community will not tolerate drug dealing and we thank our federal and county partners in law enforcement for supporting our efforts to remove these ten violent, career drug offenders from our streets.”

Westchester County Department of Public Safety Commissioner-Sheriff George Longworth stated: “Sharing resources and conducting joint investigations with federal and local partners remains one of the most effective means we have of combatting the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in Westchester County. We are grateful for the relationships we have with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the municipal police agencies in our county.”

As alleged in the Complaints unsealed today in White Plains federal court[1]:

United States v. Eric Bolton, et al., 16 Mag. 2293

In at least 2015 and 2016, ERIC BOLTON, a/k/a “E.B.,” 25, DERRICK FRANKS, a/k/a “Skills,” 47, EDWARD REEVES, 21, WILLIAM BOLTON, 27, FRANKLIN BARBER, a/k/a “Nitty,” 35, and XAVIER DABBS, a/k/a “X,” 26, conspired to sell 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.  Members of the conspiracy distributed crack in and around Peekskill.  Members of the conspiracy also cut up and packaged the crack for resale in a location in Peekskill.

United States v. Kaihiem Taylor, et al., 16 Mag. 2294

In at least 2015 and 2016, KAIHIEM TAYLOR, a/k/a “Killa,” 30, JEROME REED, a/k/a “Popsie,” 27, DESHAWN SMALLS, a/k/a “Scrap,” 24, and NATHANIEL GRAHAM, a/k/a “Happy,” 36, conspired to sell 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.  Members of the conspiracy distributed crack in and around Peekskill.

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Five defendants were taken into federal custody this morning and were presented in White Plains federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison.  Two defendants, FRANKLIN BARBER and JEROME REED, remain at large.  An additional three defendants, KAIHIEM TAYLOR, ERIC BOLTON, and NATHANIEL GRAHAM, were already in state custody.                                    

Charts containing the names of the defendants who were charged today, and the charges and maximum penalties they face, are attached.  The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants would be determined by the respective judges.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI, the Peekskill Police Department, and the Westchester Department of Public Safety.  Mr. Bharara also thanked the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office for its ongoing assistance in the case.

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

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

United States v. Eric Bolton, et al., 16 Mag. 2293

CHARGE(S)

DEFENDANT(S)

MAXIMUM PENALTIES

Narcotics conspiracy

(Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.)

ERIC BOLTON,

         a/k/a “E.B.,”

DERRICK FRANKS,

         a/k/a “Skills,”

EDWARD REEVES, WILLIAM BOLTON, FRANKLIN BARBER,

         a/k/a “Nitty,” and

XAVIER DABBS,

         a/k/a “X.”

40 years in prison

 

Mandatory minimum:
five years in prison

 

United States v. Kaihiem Taylor, et al., 16 Mag. 2294

CHARGE(S)

DEFENDANT(S)

MAXIMUM PENALTIES

Narcotics conspiracy

(Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.)

KAIHIEM TAYLOR,

        a/k/a “Killa,”

JEROME REED,

        a/k/a “Popsie,”

DESHAWN SMALLS,

        a/k/a “Scrap,” and

NATHANIEL GRAHAM,

        a/k/a “Happy.”

40 years in prison

 

Mandatory minimum:

five years in prison

 

 


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

16-076
Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated April 7, 2016