2010-04-23 / Front Page

Cops Make Major Busts For Drugs, Murder

By Howard Schwach
Atwo-year investigation has yielded at least 84 arrests of known gang members, hailing mostly from Edgemere, Far Rockaway and Hammels, on charges ranging from murder, weapons possession and felony drug charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week.

The large-scale investigation focused on narcotics and firearms trafficking activities allegedly engaged in by the Flocc street gang, an amalgamated alliance consisting of four distinct Crips sets, each with its own leadership, and individual Bloods members and associates based mainly in Far Rockaway.

Among the 84 individuals so far arrested are 45 alleged gang members with ties to the Crips – including a former City Correction Officer – and 26 purported Bloods affiliates. In addition, information developed during the two-year investigation has led to arrests with respect to two homicides, numerous gang shootings, a plot to murder police officers on foot patrol in Jamaica, Queens, and the seizure of 60 handguns, more than five kilograms of cocaine, 567 decks of heroin, two pounds of marijuana and approximately $50,000 in narcotics proceeds. At least eight other individuals are still being sought.

“This investigation strikes at the heart of a highly unified and criminally active street gang that turned the seaside Queens neighborhood of Far Rockaway into a war zone and threatened the lives and safety of innocent bystanders and law enforcement officers,” Brown said.

“For too long, these gang members have poisoned our streets with narcotics and put fear into the daily lives of innocent people,” Brown continued.

The investigation, known as “Operation: Under Siege,” commenced in early 2008 shortly after the fatal shooting of 15-yearold Brandon Bethea during a party outside the Redfern Houses, where she was struck by a stray bullet. It is when NYPD officers assigned to the Queens Gang Squad and District Attorney Brown’s Narcotics Investigations Bureau began to focus resources on an alleged drug and gun trafficking network in Far Rockaway. According to the Daily News, police officials say, the Beathea shooting was the beginning of what turned out to be an extensive investigation involving all gang related activities in the area.

During the course of the investigation, which included extensive physical surveillance, court-authorized eavesdropping and search warrants, it was learned that specific sets of the Crips street gang had joined forces with individual Bloods street gang members to create a larger unified gang – known as the Flocc gang.

The Crips faction consisted of the Hassock Boys, Gang of Apes (“GOA”), Wildmeda and Get it in Bricks (“GIB”) sets based in Far Rockaway. The gang allegedly funded their criminal enterprise – which grossed approximately $15,000 per week – through the illegal sale and distribution of narcotics throughout Far Rockaway and South Jamaica, Queens. The Flocc gang is also alleged to have been responsible for the violent crime, and gang-motivated offenses such as shootings and robberies, in Far Rockaway.

Among those arrested were numerous alleged Wildmeda gang members – including its alleged leader Antoine Nance, Jamar Pledger, Jamal Eigner, Jasper Pledger, Jonathan Pledger, Lester Carpenter and Jason Jones – for the murder of Joseph Azoro, 25, who was fatally shot at the Edgemere Houses on April 2. Also alleged Bloods gang members Berry Gray and Wayne Young were arrested in August 2009 on second-degree murder charges for fatally shooting alleged fellow gang member Roland Spivey, 19, earlier that month.

Arrested was Derrick Hardy, the alleged leader of GOA. He and alleged GOA members Jonathan Crosby, William Spencer and George Delgado were charged with the attempted murder of Dashawn Hines, a member of the rival Bloods gang, on January 10, 2010. Hardy was also charged along with Antwan Jack for a September 2009 altercation with members of the rival “Klick Klack” set of the Bloods, during which a marked NYPD patrol car was shot at while occupied by two officers.

The investigation also led to the apprehension of alleged GIB gang members Derrell Daniels, Leroy Barnett, Sharem Edwards and Malik Miller for the attempted murder of 23- year-old Japelle Cox on November 20, 2009, resulting from the rivalry between the Crips and the Bloods gangs. Alleged Wildmeda gang members Kamel Cardwell, Maurice Holden and Willie Waters were all arrested for the attempted murder of Richard Lydie, an alleged member of the rival Klick Klack set of the Bloods, which occurred on September 6, 2009 in Edgemere.

Through the use of court-authorized eavesdropping warrants and other investigative resources, it was allegedly learned that Keith Livingston, an alleged Bloods associate, possessed firearms and planned to shoot police officers performing foot patrol in Jamaica, Queens. In September 2009, Livingston was charged with criminal possession of weapons after police allegedly seized a duffle bag containing a 9 mm handgun, a defaced 9 mm hipoint rifle and various amounts of ammunition belonging to him.

In another case, reputed GOA member Ronald Manifold was apprehended with a .32-caliber gun at a carnival in Far Rockaway in June 2009, just minutes before he was allegedly about to commit a gang-related shooting. Similarly, alleged GOA member Cody Matias was arrested in September 2009 with a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and a magazine with two rounds. Matias was arrested in a livery cab while allegedly en route to commit a retaliatory gang-related shooting in Far Rockaway. Both Manifold and Matias are presently serving two years in prison.

The investigation also led to the arrests of numerous gang members who were storing handguns for such high-ranking members of the Flocc gang as Gquan Lloyd, the reputed leader of the GIB set. Among those arrested was former City Correction Officer and alleged GIB member Farrad Smith. On October 28, 2009, a search warrant was executed at Smith’s residence and police allegedly recovered a 9 mm pistol from under the mattress that allegedly had been stolen from a fellow Correction Officer in Queens earlier that year, a loaded and defaced AK47 wrapped in a blanket behind the headboard, a 12-gauge shotgun and assorted boxes of ammunition.

Also charged in the investigation was reputed GIB member Steven Cara-ballo, who is an alleged firearms and narcotics supplier in Far Rockaway. Pursuant to a search warrant executed at his residence in February 2010, police allegedly recovered fourteen weapons – including twelve loaded handguns (some of which were defaced) and two assault rifles – 1,350 rounds of assorted ammunition, more than eight ounces of cocaine (powder and crack), more than two ounces of marijuana, 308 ecstasy pills, 23 glass bottles containing steroids, more than $500 worth of fireworks and $8,000 in cash.

In another case, it is charged, information was developed during the investigation that a number of alleged Hassock Boys gang members – including Kasson Brown, its leader; Lakiem Williams, a captain; Malik Hogan, a lieutenant; Douglas Ballard; and Shadean Samuel – were in possession of a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun reported stolen from a Florida police officer.

In addition to the murders and other violent acts, Flocc members were charged with the sale and distribution of cocaine and heroin to street level dealers as well as users in the Far Rockaway area. Tracey Coleman and Lloyd Reavis, among others, were also arrested and charged with supplying narcotics to gang members in Far Rockaway and the South Jamaica Houses.

Finally, information obtained during the investigation led to the arrest of reputed Bloods member Xavier Scott who was hiding out in Far Rockaway for an alleged armed carjacking committed in 2008 in Prince George County, Maryland, and for an assault he allegedly committed in 2007, also in Maryland.

ALLEGED BLOODS MEMBERS

Gregory Avery, 37, of 97-11 Horace Harding Expressway, Queens, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Javon Brown, 17, of 12-50 Redfern Avenue, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon (defaced shotgun), criminal possession of stolen property (Visa credit card), and unlawful possession of marijuana.

David Driggins, 42, of 1386 Ogden Avenue, Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to one year in jail.

Berry (Reggie) Gray, 18, of 319 Beach 54 Street, is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Sir Richmond Holder, 29, of 146 Beach 59 Street, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Tyrone (Ronni) Howard, 26, of 487 Beach 20 Street, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Yancie Jackson, 22, of 655 Beach 68 Street, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and is presently awaiting sentencing.

Kyle Milburn, 35, of 14-72 Beach Channel Drive, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to one year in jail.

Donald (Big Nose) Ryder, 28, of 146 Beach 59 Street, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to nine months in jail.

Xavier (Reginald McNeil) Scott, 23, of 440 Beach 58 Street, was extradited to Maryland.

Kashawn (Blam/K) Tucker, 20, of 54-49 Almeda Avenue, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to one year in jail.

Wayne (Marlo) Young, 18, of 54-30 Beach Channel Drive, is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Harry Taylor, 25, of 41-15 Beach 10 Street, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to one year in jail.

Isaac Taylor, 25, of 41-15 Beach 10 Street, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to four years in prison.

ALLEGED BLOOD ASSOCIATES

Conrad Alleyne, 28, of 191-16 115 Avenue, St. Albans, pleaded guilty on July 20, 2009, to criminal possession of a weapon (two sawed-off shotguns) and was sentenced to six months in jail and six months probation.

Akiya (Kiya) Calloway, 34, of 443 Beach 54 Street, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and a violation of the city’s administrative code pertaining to ammunition.

Phil Douglas, 38, of 788 Janos Lane, West Hempstead, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Jamel Ellis, 29, of 41-04 12 Street, Long Island City, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Sherina Howard, 22, of 696 Congress Street, Portland, Maryland, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to five years probation.

Terry Jackson, 38, of 116-44 234 Street, Cambria Heights pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to two and onehalf years in prison.

Keith Livingston, 40, of 130-05 160 Street, Queens, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of pistol ammunition, and conspiracy.

Lester (Flaco) Olivencia, 37, of 14- 50 Gateway Boulevard, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). Sentencing is pending.

Amellio Paige, 30, of 154-06 107 Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to two and onehalf years in prison.

Domonique Sierra, 21, of 16-66 Seagirt Boulevard, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to three years probation.

Norman Wilson, 23, of 140-11 159 Street, Jamaica, Queens, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to two to four years in prison.

Wille Stroud, 46, of 163-29 130 Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to one year in jail.

ALLEGED GIB MEMBERS

Leroy Barnett, 21, of 109 Beach 56 Street is charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and robbery.

Steven Caraballo, 32, of 29-18 Martin Court, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminally using drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully dealing with fireworks. Melissa Carroway, 19, of 82-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, crack and powdered), criminal possession of a weapon (defaced .38-caliber handgun) and criminal possession of marijuana.

Derrell (Buddha) Daniels, 19, of 82- 02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is charged with second-degree murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and robbery.

Sharem Edwards, 19, of 81-01 Beach Channel Drive, is charged with second-degree murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and robbery.

Gquan (Poc/G-Poc) Lloyd, 23, of 110-01 62 Drive, Queens, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and a violation of the City’s administrative code pertaining to ammunition.

Malik Miller, 20, of 81-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is charged with second-degree murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and robbery.

Anthony (Cap) Sanchez, 25, of 29- 18 Martin Court, Queens, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, crack and powdered), criminal possession of a weapon (defaced .38-caliber handgun) and criminal possession of marijuana.

Farrad (Rod) Smith, 23, of 303 Beach 70 Street is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and various violations of the City’s administrative code pertaining to weapons and ammunition. He is a former New York City Correction Officer.

ALLEGED GOA MEMBERS

Jonathan (Ross) Crosby, 23, of 71- 15 Beach Channel Drive, is charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault, gang assault, criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy.

Karen Davis, 19, of 71-15 Beach Channel Drive, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to three years probation.

George Delgado, 28, of 14-10 New Haven Avenue is charged with attempted murder, assault, gang assault, criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy.

Derrick (Nukka) Hardy, 19, of 71- 15 Beach Channel Drive, is charged with attempted murder, assault, gang assault, criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy.

Antwan (Smoke) Jack, 21, of 71-15 Beach Channel Drive is charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. Ronald (Half) Manifold, 18, of 339 Beach 70 Street, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Cody (Boddie) Matias, 18, of 22-30 Caldwell Avenue, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Felix Rivera, 31, of 71-15 Beach Channel Drive, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Kaseem Shine, 18, of 71-15 Beach Channel Drive, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

William Spencer, 30, is charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault, gang assault, criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy. Alleged leader of the GOA set of the Flocc Gang.

ALLEGED HASSOCK BOYS MEMBERS

Douglas (Yay) Ballard, 22, of 217 Beach 31 Street, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Ronald Branch, 17, of 210 Astoria Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens, pleaded guilty on April 24 to robbery and was sentenced to one to three years in state prison.

Kasson (Mac) Brown, 20, of 564 Briar Place and 14-30 Redfern Avenue, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Tyrell (Gumout) Dennis, 19, of 12- 50 Redfern Avenue, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Kiara Figueroa, 20, of 14-30 Redfern Avenue, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to four months in jail.

Leon (Boo/Boobie) Harper, 27, of 13-10 Redfern Avenue, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to ten days in jail.

Jamel (Melly) Hill, 19, of 13-10 Redfern Avenue, is charged with burglary, robbery criminal possession of a weapon.

Malik (Tommy Guns) Hogan (age and address unavailable), is charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Victoria Nafiu, 18, of 1430 Redfern Avenue, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Shadean (Ty/Ty Boy) Samuel, (age and address unavailable), is charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Lakeem (La/La La/Crutches) Williams, 25, of 15-30 Hassock Street, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

ALLEGED WILDMEDA MEMBERS (15)

Kamel (A-O kay) Cardwell, 18, of 355 Beach 54 Street, is charged with attempted murder, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Lester (Ty) Carpenter, 28, of 15-02 Mott Avenue is charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Roosevelt Davis, 28, of 216 Beach 97 Street, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to three years probation.

Jamal (Marley D/D) Eigner, 25, of 51-45 Almeda Avenue, is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Marc (Dooda) Glover, 19, of 51-32 Beach Channel Drive, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Maurice (Handz) Holden, 17, of 51- 24 Beach Channel Drive, is charged with attempted murder, gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Jason (Smooth) Jones, 28, 0f 423 Beach 46 Street, is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Chris (Sparx) McKenzie, 16, of 54- 41 Almeda Avenue, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal trespass and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Antoine (AB/Money A) Nance, 24, of 51-11 Almeda Avenue, is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Jamar (N.O./Nore) Pledger, 22, of 51-15 Almeda Avenue, is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Jasper (Spade-O/Spade) Pledger, 19, of 51-15 Almeda Avenue, is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Jonathan (Dae-Dae/Gun-Play [G.P.]) Pledger, 19, of 51-15 Almeda Avenue, is charged with seconddegree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Gill (Gill/Guillermo/Glasco) Rivera, of 54-15 Beach Channel Drive, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to one and one-half to three years in prison.

Visol (Vice/Vice Boy) Smith, 18, of 51-24 Beach Channel Drive, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and a violation of the city’s administrative code (firearms and ammunition). Willie (Willz) Waters, 19, of 54-49 Almeda Avenue, is charged with attempted murder, gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

OTHER DEFENDANTS (12)

Tracey Coleman, 42, of 257-24 148 Drive, Queens, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia and a violation of the City’s administrative code pertaining to firearms/ammunition.

Lamont Colter, 27, of 494 Front Street, Hempstead, Long Island, pleaded guilty to criminal facilitation and was sentenced to time served (six months).

Darrieux Corley, 28, of 45 President Street, Hempstead, Long Island, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Calvin Francis, 31, of 185-06 Dunlop Avenue, Queens, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance and is presently awaiting sentencing.

Nichole Glenn, 26, of 255-16 148 Drive, Rosedale, New York, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to five years probation.

Eric Goring, 38, of 845 Schenck Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to one year in jail.

James Haynes, 29, of 140 Harris Avenue, Freeport, New York, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Anthony Leon, 39, of 35-54 11 Street, Queens, New York, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Lloyd Reavis, 36, of 116-20 134 Street, Queens, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and is presently awaiting sentencing.

Shakcor Tucker, 28, of 482 Front Street, Hempstead, Long Island, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal facilitation and was sentenced to time served (six months).

Leslie Stevens, 30, of 109-52 160 Street, Queens, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was sentenced to one year in jail.

Sean Whitted, 29, of 75 Kimberly Lane, Staten Island, New York, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and was sentenced to nine months in jail.

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