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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
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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