Feds Bust Nine For Guns, Drugs
I n a coordinated raid that included agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers from the New York City Police Department, acting on a federal warrant, the team of agents raided a home at 309 Beach 87 Street just after noon on Tuesday, arresting five young men and the mother of one on charges ranging from gun and drug dealing to disorderly conduct and hindering governmental business.
While neighbors looked on, dozens of cops, both in uniform and in plain clothes, swarmed the home.
Many of the neighbors were not surprised that the shuttered home had been hit by law enforcement agents.
“I knew something was going on there, with people going in and out all the time at all hours,” said one woman who asked not to be identified. “Everybody knew that there was drugs there or guns, and wondered when the police would come.”
In fact, one of the defendants, Davon Pearson, who lives on Beach 120 Street, was arrested late last month when he tried to outrun police who wanted to stop him for traffic violations.
On Tuesday afternoon, two separate indictments were unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging nine Rockaway defendants with trafficking heroin, crack and powder cocaine.
Two defendants were also charged with firearms trafficking, and one defendant was charged with possessing ammunition after having been convicted of a felony.
Six of the defendants arrested Tuesday were arraigned on Wednesday morning in the Eastern District Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn. The charges and arrests were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, and Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.
As detailed in the first indictment, Pedro Garcia, Alberto Ocasio, also known as “Berto,” and Davon Pearson, also known as “Red,” together sold cocaine and cocaine base on numerous occasions to an undercover NYPD detective.
Ocasio and Pearson also sold a .22 caliber handgun and ammunition to the undercover detective, three days after Ocasio had pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to a narcotics felony. During one recorded meeting, Ocasio and Pearson allegedly offered to sell the undercover detective a short-barreled shotgun that Pearson boasted could be used to “take out a whole block.” During another recorded transaction, Ocasio admitted that he had shot at members of the Crips street gang only days after selling the .22 caliber firearm to the undercover detective.
Jason Carter, Steven Dove, Floyd Goodson, also known as “G,” Elijah Ingram, also known as “EJ,” Dennis Jenkins, also known as “Meaty,” and Bentley Martin, also known as “Killa” and “B,” were charged in a second indictment with being members of another drug trafficking organization also based in Far Rockaway.
According to the indictment, these defendants engaged in numerous sales of heroin and cocaine to an NYPD undercover detective.
“Once again, the indictments …demonstrate that narcotics trafficking and illegal firearms go hand-in-hand. These charges signal our continuing commitment to prosecuting drug traffickers in all of our communities, including Far Rockaway, a neighborhood that has been victimized by a disproportionate share of drug activity and related violence,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. She added that the government’s investigation is ongoing.
NYPD Commissioner Kelly stated, “Taking illegal guns and narcotics off neighborhood streets improves and no doubt saves lives in Far Rockaway and anywhere police concentrate their efforts. The arrests today are the result of the hard work of the NYPD Queens Gang Division to identify and shut down alleged violent drug trafficking organizations, working together with federal prosecutors.”
If convicted of the most serious offenses in the indictment, Garcia, Ocasio and Pearson face a mandatory minimum sentence of five, and a maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment. Carter, Dove, Goodson,
Ingram, Martin and Jenkins face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Two others in the home at the time of the raid, Vivian Pearson, Davon’s mother, and Caleb Morales were reportedly arrested and charged with various minor offenses in Queens Criminal Court, sources said.
Government attorneys pressed for permanent orders of detention with respect to Pearson, Carter, Ingram and Martin on the grounds that “no combination of bail conditions would ensure the defendants’ continued appearance. Moreover, the attorneys said, the release of Pearson pending trial would pose a significant danger to the community.