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