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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
November 04, 2011

DA VANCE, POLICE COMMISSIONER KELLY, FBI ANNOUNCE DISMANTLING OF VIOLENT, ARMED STREET GANG

Long-term Investigation Leads to Arrest of 19 Gang Members in Central Harlem on Weapons Possession, Conspiracy, Attempted Murder, and Firearms Trafficking Charges

Arrests Follow Recent Conviction of Nearby 137th Street Crew

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Janice K. Fedarcyk, today announced the arrests and indictments of 19 members of a violent Central Harlem street gang which terrorized the neighborhood surrounding West 129th Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues. Between 2007 and 2011, the defendants are accused of importing, possessing, and using semiautomatic pistols, revolvers, rifles and assault weapons, including a TEC-9 machine pistol and a Chinese SKS military semiautomatic rifle, as well as ammunition, which was used in shootings in Central Harlem.  All of the defendants are charged with felony conspiracy. Several defendants are additionally charged with Attempted Murder, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Sale of a Firearm, and other charges occurring over the course of the conspiracy.[1]  The defendants are expected to be arraigned today in New York County Supreme Court, Criminal Term, Part 37, before the Honorable Edward J. McLaughlin.

“At least 162 people have been shot so far this year in Manhattan, 22 of them fatally, ” said District Attorney Vance. “The members of this street crew need only to look at the recent trial convictions of their counterparts on 137th Street in Central Harlem to know that there are serious consequences for those who seek to possess and sell illegal guns. Today’s defendants stashed their guns in public places, including in mailboxes, under stoops, in storm drains, and on rooftops. Importantly, our work in law enforcement does not end with arrests and prosecutions – we cannot abandon these blocks of our City once those who wreaked havoc upon them are brought to justice. This is why we are coupling these investigations with pro-active initiatives like last month’s gun buyback program, the ongoing Harlem youth basketball program, and the recent summer internship program, all of which target the neighborhoods and youth most directly affected by gun violence.”

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said: “Through persistent police enforcement and programs like the gun buyback initiative we have successfully removed thousands of illegal firearms from our neighborhood streets. But any illegal gun in the wrong hands can be lead to loss of life and that is why we must continue to build on our past accomplishments with aggressive efforts to combat gun violence.”

Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) said, “The FBI is committed to partnering with the NYPD and the Manhattan DA’s Office toward our common goals of reducing violent crime and ridding our neighborhoods of illegal weapons.  People have the right to safe and secure neighborhoods no matter where they live, and removing the lethal combination of gangs and guns is essential to make that a reality.”

According to documents filed in court, members of the District Attorney’s Office’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, detectives from the NYPD’s Narcotics Division, and FBI special agents engaged in long-term operations aimed at dismantling one of Central Harlem’s most violent and destructive criminal street gangs, referred to as “ONE TWENTY-NINE” or “GOODFELLAS/THE NEW DONS.”  The gang members are accused of collectively acquiring and possessing a cache of illegal firearms in order to engage in armed conflict with rival Harlem gangs. 

According to documents filed in court, between 2007 and 2011, NYPD detectives, FBI special agents and deputy sheriffs from Virginia recovered, intercepted, or purchased 15 illegal firearms from members or associates of this criminal street gang.  Two weapons were intercepted by Virginia deputy sheriffs as defendant DARNELL WYNT drove them north to Manhattan. Additionally, undercover FBI special agents secured the purchase of the TEC-9 machine pistol and the Chinese SKS semiautomatic rifle from WYNT as part of a covert FBI operation.  Another nine loaded firearms were recovered through the course of the NYPD’s street-level enforcement, the execution of search warrants, and investigations of gang-related shootings here in Manhattan.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is committed to maintaining a presence in the community and providing support in keeping this area safe. This coming Wednesday, November 9, we will be co-hosting, with the NYPD, a forum for Harlem residents. Details on location and time will follow.

This prosecution of a violent street crew on 129th Street is the latest multi-defendant indictment under New York State’s conspiracy laws filed by the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprise Unit following long-term investigations conducted in partnership with the NYPD.

  • On October 20, 2011, the top five members of a street crew on 137th Street that enlisted teens to join their gang were convicted at trial on conspiracy to commit narcotics and weapons offenses, among other charges. With their convictions last month on charges including class A felonies, all 14 defendants who were indicted on charges relating to crack cocaine sales and weapons possession on 137th Street have been convicted. (see press release)
  • On July 28, 2011, 11 individuals were indicted on conspiracy and drug charges relating to the sale of marijuana from a Central Harlem store that purported to sell furniture (see press release).
  • On June 17, 2011, 25 members of a major narcotics trafficking organization based in East Harlem were indicted on conspiracy and charges relating to the sale of cocaine, which marked the first time the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has filed charges under the state’s “Drug Kingpin” statute (see press release).
  • On June 10, 2011, six defendants were indicted in a drug trafficking case that targeted suppliers of cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana (see press release).

Assistant District Attorneys Andrew Searle and Andrew Warshawer of the District Attorney’s Office’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit are prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Christopher Ryan, Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Deputy Chief of the Trial Division, and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division. Investigative Analysts James LaRusso, Marcus Morrisette, Michael LaRusso, and Rosemary McGuirk have assisted with this investigation. Assistant District Attorney Tanya Apparicio of the District Attorney’s Office’s Crime Strategies Unit, working closely with the NYPD, helped coordinate the gathering and sharing of information about the crews and defendants.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD, particularly members of Manhattan North Narcotics:  Inspector Lori Pollock, Captain Kevin Radday, Lieutenant Anthony Ronda, Sergeant Martin Toczek, and Detective Angus Mackenzie. District Attorney Vance also thanked members of the 32nd Precinct, including Inspector Rodney Harrison, Commanding Officer, Inspector Kevin Catalina, former Commanding Officer of the 32nd Precinct, and Sergeant Matthew Reid, Field Intelligence Officer, as well as Assistant Commissioner Kevin O’Connor in the Community Affairs Bureau and Officer Andrew Dunton from the Manhattan North Borough Command.

District Attorney Vance also thanked the New York Field Office of the FBI, particularly Special Agent in Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk, Special Agents Thomas Duane and Scott Holmes, and the undercover special agents of the New York Field Office, as well as members of the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia, including Sheriff J.R. Edwards, Jr., Sergeant Jerome Parker, and Deputy Sheriff Willie D. House.


Defendant Information:

HODEAN GRAHAM, a/k/a “Gotti Twin,” a/k/a “Paul,” D.O.B. 3/8/93
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B violent felony, 1 count
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C violent felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 8 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

KADEAN GRAHAM, a/k/a “Gotti Twin, a/k/a “Peter,” D.O.B. 3/8/93
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 8 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

WILLIE MOORE, a/k/a “Too Wild Willie,” D.O.B. 4/4/94
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B violent felony, 1 count
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C violent felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 2 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

ANDREW HENRY, a/k/a “Drew Banger,” D.O.B. 5/2/88
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Conspiracy in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

LEON STUCKEY, a/k/a “Man,” a/k/a “Nasty,” D.O.B. 5/2/92
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count

CORDERO BAILEY, a/k/a “Curt,” D.O.B. 3/16/88
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 6 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

CHRISTOPHER WASHINGTON, a/k/a “ATL,” D.O.B. 12/11/89
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count

THEODORE DRAYTON, a/k/a “Tinky,” D.O.B. 2/13/93
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 2 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

KEMMETH LUDOVIC, a/k/a “Little V,” D.O.B. 9/21/94
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 2 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

MARVIN BAKER, a/k/a “Marv,” D.O.B. 8/19/92
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 6 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

CODY EVANS, a/k/a “Kody,” D.O.B. 1/28/93
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 6 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

ANTHONY MINOR, a/k/a “Ant Live,” D.O.B. 11/6/86
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Conspiracy in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

JAQUAN MCCALL, a/k/a “Uno,” D.O.B. 8/2/94
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

DANIEL FREDRICKS, a/k/a “Danny Boy,” D.O.B. 10/20/91
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 6 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

SHAKAR BARKSDALE, a/k/a “Kar,” D.O.B. 11/15/93
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 6 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

DARNELL WYNT, a/k/a “Bula,” a/k/a “Bula Bless,” D.O.B. 3/30/89
New York, NY

Charges:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 2 counts
  • Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree, a class D violent felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 

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