CONSPIRACY CHARGES AND OTHER OFFENSES - INCLUDING MURDER- FILED AGAINST MEMBERS OF A VIOLENT NARCOTICS DISTRIBUTION RING IN THE PATTERSON HOUSES
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced today that investigators from his Office’s Gang Prosecution Unit have shut down a drug operation that sold between $70,000 and $80,000 worth of crack cocaine a month in the Patterson Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development.
Nine people were taken into custody, at seven locations early this morning, by investigators with search and arrest warrants. At least two other suspects are still being sought. All suspects, except the ring’s alleged leader, 28 year old Anthony Windley, are reputed members of the "Bloods" street gang. Windley allegedly is a "Bloods" associate.
District Attorney Johnson said: "Our Gang Prosecution Unit was created as a resource to eradicate violent gangs from the streets of the Bronx. The inclusion of murder and attempted murder among the charges filed today should indicate that the drug trade is not the non-violent industry that some portray it to be. Today’s arrests represent a significant step in the effort to keep Patterson Houses safe for its law abiding residents."
The defendants have been charged with a range of offenses from Murder and Attempted Murder in the 2nd degree to Conspiracy in the 2nd and 4th degrees, multiple counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th degrees, multiple counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th degrees, Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th degree and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd degree.
These arrests were the result of a nine month investigation that included the use of court authorized wiretaps, other electronic surveillance techniques and analysis of records from several telephone companies, a utility company and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. NYPD Detectives assigned to the Bronx District Attorney’s Squad executed the warrants with assistance from NYPD’s Housing Police Patrol Service Area 7, Bronx Narcotics Unit and Bronx Gang Unit.
During the course of the lengthy investigation, authorities recovered 1,155 vials of crack, a one and a half ounce rock of crack, 527 bags of marijuana, $4,025 in cash and five guns, including two .45 caliber semi-automatic pistols, one .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, one .40 caliber pistol and one .38 caliber revolver. Fifty three rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest as well as scales and other drug paraphernalia also were recovered.
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A charge of Murder in the 2nd degree has been filed against Corey Stone in connection with the fatal shooting of an alleged rival drug dealer, Hassan Brown, on April 1, 2001 in the rear of 325 East 143rd Street, the Bronx. Troy Rease has been charged with Attempted Murder in the 2nd degree in connection with a shooting on October 1, 2002 in front of 308 East 145th Street. The target of that shooting, Darryl Rice, also was alleged to have been a rival drug dealer. Stone is facing a maximum sentence of 25 years to life imprisonment if convicted of the murder charge. Rease is facing a maximum sentence of up to 25 years imprisonment if convicted of the attempted murder charge.
Windley and Jackson are also facing a possible sentence of 25 years to life imprisonment if convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree, a Class A-II felony offense.
All of the defendants, except for Stone and Sanchez, have been charged with Conspiracy in the 2nd degree, a Class B felony offense punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 25 years imprisonment. It is alleged that the defendants, acting in concert between January 2002 and April 2003, sold quantities of marijuana and crack cocaine to undercover detectives, possessed loaded firearms, possessed illegal narcotics and discharged illegal firearms among other offenses.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Susanne M. Cichanowicz.