2012-05-25 / Top Stories

Rockaway Man Busted In Gang Takedown

A Rockaway man has been arrested by narcotics investigators as part of a takedown of two violent Jamaica, Queens gangs.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the man as Travis Forbes, 36, of 1076 Gipson Street in Far Rockaway. Forbes was arrested on April 24 on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is alleged to be a Bloods member.

Brown and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly held a press conference on Thursday of last week to announce that scores of individuals had been arrested on drug, weapons and other charges as part of a large-scale investigation focused on the illegal activities of two alleged drug organizations operating in Southeast Queens. The two organizations were allegedly being run by a set of the Bloods street gang known as the “South Side Bloods” and by James “Wall” Corley, an original member of the Queens Supreme Team, a violent narcotics gang that flourished during the height of New York City’s crack epidemic in the 1980s.

It is alleged that the two gangs grossed more than $15,000 per week by distributing narcotics to numerous street dealers who, in turn, sold the narcotics to customers. In total, 45 individuals have been arrested, including 19 customers.

Brown said, “The onset of the crack epidemic in the 1980s gave rise to a number of violent, gun-toting narcotics gangs which plagued many of the city’s neighborhoods – especially here in Queens, which was at the epicenter of the crack epidemic. Despite the fact that police and prosecutors successfully dismantled the gangs and sent their leaders away to prison for long periods of time, it is alleged that the defendant Corley returned to his roots to sell crack and cocaine in and around the same housing project his crew held hostage years ago. What he failed to realize, however, was that the city had changed for the better and would not be dragged back to the bad old days.”

In addition to the arrests, police officers executed 14 court-authorized search warrants and allegedly seized approximately one and one-half kilograms of cocaine, over 50 decks of heroin, a quantity of undisclosed marijuana, approximately $70,000 in alleged narcotic proceeds, numerous cell phones andfourhandgunsanda9mm Intratec submachine gun.

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