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UPDATE: Names Released in Crack-Cocaine Ring Bust on Old Mill Court

If convicted, suspects could face up to life in prison.

The Rockville Centre based crack-cocaine ring busted early Wednesday morning was part of a drug-dealing cartel that included locations in Hempstead and Brooklyn, officials said.

According to Robert Nardoza, spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office, each of the 14 defendants were associated with a criminal organization that has dominated the narcotics trade in RVC's Old Mill Court apartment complex, and four of the defendants are members of the United Blood Nation (“Bloods”) — a violent street gang.

Nardoza said a four-month joint investigation by the FBI, Rockville Centre Police Department, and Nassau County Police Department revealed a narcotics distribution ring operating in the Old Mill Court apartment complex located in Rockville Centre.

All of the defendants are charged with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement monitored court-ordered wiretaps revealed purchases and sales of narcotics by and from members of the drug organization.

In conjunction with the defendants’ arrests, search warrants were executed at various residences in the Old Mill Court apartment complex, one residence in Hempstead, and two residences in Brooklyn. Those searches resulted in the seizure of a quantity of crack cocaine and ammunition.

“The charges and arrests announced today have disrupted an alleged drug distribution organization that victimized an entire housing development in Rockville Centre,” said United States Attorney Loretta Lynch. 

RVC PD Commissioner Charles Gennario thanked federal law enforcement for assisting in the operation.

“These arrests will have a beneficial impact on the quality of life in the Village of Rockville Centre and other Long Island communities,” Gennario said. “ I want to thank the United States Attorney’s Office and the FBI for their hard work, dedication, and professionalism throughout the course of this extensive investigation – without their assistance this operation would not have been possible.”

If convicted of the drug distribution conspiracy charge, each of the defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Suspects arrested in the raid: (Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty).

  • Latee Smith, 31
  • Jamel Richardson-Banks, 28
  • Neville Hunter, 30
  • Rasharid Agee, 34
  • Alphonso Burke, 42
  • Chanell Duncan, 32
  • Dion Evans, 40
  • Crystal Jamison, 25
  • Lameek McGhee, 32
  • Ramsey Milton, 33
  • Eddie Richardson, 47
  • Angelo Taylor, 37
  • Valerie Walker, 58
  • Michael Wright, 49
Mr. M June 02, 2011 at 05:48 PM
There are still some positive figures left in Old Mill Ct. I happen to be one of them and hearing someone say to destroy the very place I grew up sounds crazy to me. There is crime all over Rockville Centre. Check the Herald page 4. There are drugs all over Rockville Centre. Should we recommend destroying the Demott bridge because high school students have been getting drunk and high there for years? No. There is death all over Rockville Centre. Are we trying to shut down Natural Ice Beer because "Natty Lights" have caused over 4 teenage deaths in the past six years? No. What happened yesterday was bad, yes. What people are going to do to make sure something like that doesn't happen again is worse because the answer is absolutely nothing. Tearing down Old Mill Ct. is not going to stop crime nd drug distribution in Rockville Centre you idiot.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Yes it is. The NYS Housing authority opens and closes housing projects all the time. As for expeditures, why would you pay for those displaced? they can find accomodations on their own. OMC is an ongoing issue of crime and corruption that this town would be better off without it.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Don't believe in social welfare. OMC should learn to help themselves. it's OMC's turf, they should be looking to maintaining a level of law and order, not harbor and abet criminal activity.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 05:54 PM
They got it from their clique in Brooklyn. Where Brooklyn got it, don't care. OMC got it and sold it.
Gifted June 02, 2011 at 06:00 PM
I'm done. Thank you to Mary, felissa, Breffini, Earl, Mike, Tom Kane, Mr. Andrew, Dumar, Mr. M, Jen and all the others that have shed some positive comments on both articles in defense of the OMC residents. Points well taken. Actions speaks louder than words yesterdays event showed us all. Voices have been silent for so long that others like FRANK think people enjoy or are in agreement with what's going on. You can point as many fingers as you want but there will always be one pointing back.
Bleep June 02, 2011 at 06:06 PM
hmmm... -you dont need to believe in social welfare. -OMC does help themselves as much as they can but a mass majority of RVC residents turn thier cheek (like yourself obviously) when they can't keep it going. -OMC isn't a turf. its a section of our town better known as Rockville Centre. you just want to be angry because you never knew what happened under the radar. now that it comes to light you just want to be angry and not do a thing. you'd rather sit and watch. you mentioned strangers werent there for you when your friends got into car accidents and so on. your wrong. i can place another pretty penny on that.
pat June 02, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Anthony, - when are you going to shut down Frank's rants? Have you NO journalistic standards? He' s constantly and deliberately trying to tear down our Village and its residents with comments that are at or over the line on any and every subject. You have an icon that reads "flag as inappropriate". Try using it for a change!
Marc June 02, 2011 at 06:17 PM
First of all, my reply was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. But since you got into it... Local parking is a serious problem. I t impacts local stores and restaurants. We rarely go into "town" as it is not worthe the hassle parking nd who wants to schlep bags blocks away to your car. Other than KK, CVS, Ace and A&S, (all orth of Sunsrise with the exception of A&S) I never shop in the RVC. Dining out loses its pleasure after looking for a spot for half an hour. At least Dodicci got smart and started valet parking. It is also a silent protest over the meter times being shortened and the "St. Agnes lot" getting meters in it ON TOP OF requiring a sticker. The biggest pain, however, is parking for the train. The lots fill quickly, and if you are shut out, you are missing your train. And maybe the next one. Fact is, many of the poroblems stated above are quite true. In the years I am here, I believe the services have declined rapidly, thus lowering my quality of life. The roads are in total disrepair and we run out of salt and sand early in the winter, leaving the roads treacherous. There are, evidently,not enough police, and the weekend roaming, drunk, youth problem is simply ignored. There have been home break-ins as well as simple mischief. I think the photo-ops for the board members at various village functions has them pre-occupied and taken their focus our needs. It's as shame. RVC used to be a great place to live.
Mr. M June 02, 2011 at 06:18 PM
The majority of the people who were arrested aren't even in a gang!!!!! I'd believe that one, maybe two of them were Bloods, but I highly doubt that. RVC police think that just because there are alot of Bloods in Old MIll Ct. everybody is a Blood.
Bleep June 02, 2011 at 06:18 PM
your a lost soul Frank. you have no sympathy for anyone or anything unless its directly linked to you. that by itself is sad.
Anthony Bottan (Editor) June 02, 2011 at 06:21 PM
Pat, Though Frank's comment may not be shared by the rest of the folks commenting, he hasn't cursed or called anyone names, nor as he used derogatory language, and he is entitled to his opinion. I have read every single comment on this board, and have deleted those that are inappropriate.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Pat, dissenting opinion in of itself is no reason for censure of said opinion.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Protected? who is receiving the subsidy for rent, food, etc. I'm not. Who"s guaranteed a place to stay? i'm not. You are the protected class you profess others to be. Why should I move? I'm not running crack out of my neighborhood! I pay this village 20k plus a year in taxes. what do you contibute... or better yet take?
Bleep June 02, 2011 at 06:46 PM
your very welcome.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 06:46 PM
yes it is. NYS housing authority opens and closes projects all the time.
Bleep June 02, 2011 at 06:48 PM
ahhh thats why one of mine never showed. its a shame, my freedom of speech isn't respected by you Anthony. thats ok. Frank knows his opinions are rude.
Desiretruth June 02, 2011 at 06:50 PM
If you're not interested in helping OMC heal and prosper, then you don't give a hoot about Rockville Centre. OMC isn't going anywhere and is not the problem. Drugs and gangs are worldwide and it starts with the education system. Kids know and feel when adults don't give a darn. As adults, we should come up with ways to make not just our block better, but our community. We can look at this incident as an opportunity to let the powers that be know that we care. I now understand why Sal stressed to us to give back. I will make it a point to do so, because I'm sick of adults placing blame and looking not lookin the mirror and being held accountable. Think of children first, then form an action plan of how we should taclke the gang/drug problem.
Anthony Bottan (Editor) June 02, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Your freedom of speech is absolutely respected here Breffni. There was a curse word in your comment, that is the only reason it was deleted.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 06:53 PM
The RVC police did what was in the best interest of the entire community. You should be thanking them, not belittling them. And with news coverage like this, everyone in NY thinks OMC is Bloods territory. Funny, not one of you is concerned about this town's reputation in light of all the media attention.
Dumar Sincere June 02, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Well you know Breffini that is the way of the world, people will silence the truth when they do not want to hear it, but you cannot quiet the higher power, he will let Frank know about his self, and still the people of OMC and meehan lane will rise from all this.
Bleep June 02, 2011 at 06:57 PM
i would be the one playing with the kids. i love playing with them lol.
Eileen June 02, 2011 at 06:58 PM
So, you are saying that the NYS Housing Authority could legally shut down OMC and not be responsible for finding those displaced housing? 150 families? I am seriously asking if this is even possible. Can you imagine the backlash? The thought of that alone would make any politician thinking of doing this shake with fear. It will never happen.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 06:59 PM
we turn our cheeks because we prefer OMC gone. And I do want to do something; close OMC for good. you have your opinion, I have mine.
Marc June 02, 2011 at 06:59 PM
"I would like any RVC resident reading this to ask themselves if their children have ever made an effort to include the residents of the “projects” in birthday parties or play dates." KLM They are not in my kid' school district...can't help that.
Bleep June 02, 2011 at 07:01 PM
lmfao you're right i dont care what media's attention here is. want to know why? media gives half of the truth. long island is full of good and bad areas like everywhere else in this world. people are just going to listen to it and move on. why, kuz its not thier problem. its ours. out ur grown man pants on.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 07:04 PM
I have sympathy for the law abiding citizens of RVC that pay an inordinate amount of tax to live here. OMC takes, it does not give back. The only thanks we receive for the financial support we give with our tax dollars is news of a crack cocaine distribution ring run by one of the most violent street gangs in America, smeared all over the internet and TV. really, thanks. RVC owes you one.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 07:06 PM
Talk to EJ's son. he's the zen master on parking strategies.
Eileen June 02, 2011 at 07:08 PM
I have invited children from my childs class to birthday parties. And those children happen to live in OMC. My child has attended a party of a child there too. As for athletics, that is up to the responsibility of the parent; no one is EVER turned away from any village athletic program.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 07:12 PM
yes, that is correct.
Frank June 02, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Funny how quickly he accused you of censorship when the real reason was his inability to write without the use of expletives.

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