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CrimeNew Rochelle: 18 gang members charged in cocaine ring

21:20  12 june  2019
21:20  12 june  2019 Source:   lohud.com

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Officials today detailed two indictments that were unsealed Tuesday against members of the "8 Trey Crips," or "E.T.C.," who are facing charges of conspiracy, attempted murder, robbery, burglary, and drug offenses.

Sixteen of the gang members are in custody, and two are still being sought, officials said. They were arrested on Tuesday with the help of the DA's investigators, FBI, Westchester County Department of Probation, and police from New Rochelle, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, and Westchester County.

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New Rochelle: 18 gang members charged in cocaine ring© Westchester County District Attorney's Office Drugs and guns were seized during an investigation into New Rochelle gang members.

"This has done substantial damage to this group," Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino Jr., said at a news conference at his office today, referring to the investigation, but he added that the work of law enforcement "never, never stops" to combat gang activity.

The charges were revealed in a 50-count indictment and a related 18-count indictment. Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., said at a news conference at his office today that this investigation was similar to recent collaborations between the DA's Office and police in Mount Vernon and Port Chester to squeeze drug and gang activity.

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This investigation, dubbed "Operation: Crip Keeper," included New Rochelle police and the Westchester County District Attorney's Office. The gang peddled crack cocaine, mainly out of a house at 110 Washington Ave. in New Rochelle, officials said.

Authorities were focused on the group's violence rather than its drug trade, but the drug business was a "means to an end" that led to charges related to the ring's dangerous tactics, said New Rochelle police Detective Lt. Brian Fagan.

New Rochelle: 18 gang members charged in cocaine ring© Westchester County District Attorney's Office Guns were seized during an investigation into New Rochelle gang members.

Brandon Brown, a 25-year-old Bronx resident, worked out of the house at 110 Washington Ave., where one of the accused gang members, 29-year-old Ashley Jankowski, lived, officials said. Fagan said there would typically be five to seven gang members at the house.

Brown, also known as "Bones," is accused of fielding calls there from cocaine buyers and sending other Crips to make sales on his behalf. One of those Crips was Artez Jackson, a 22-year-old New Rochelle resident, officials said.

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The relationship between Brown and Artez fell apart, though, when Brown was incarcerated at Rikers Island for a different case, and Jackson started to sell drugs directly to Brown's customers, officials said.

That led to Brown shooting at Jackson near Walnut Street and Washington Avenue in New Rochelle on Sept. 23, 2018, officials said. Police said Jackson was not hit, though.

The gang members often communicated in code over the phone and through Facebook messages, officials said. In Facebook messages, Brown bragged about a shooting that the gang participated in, and he compared himself to Elmer Fudd, a cartoon character who was the adversary of Bugs Bunny, officials said.

Officials said they recovered five handguns, a stun gun, and an assault rifle, as well as drugs, as they investigated the gang's activities.

In addition to Brown, Artez, and Jankowski, charges have been also been brought against New Rochelle residents Evan DeYoung Adams, 22, Gerardo Alvarez, 18, Keyonnie Davis, 23, Kody Fudge, 27, Eduardo Gutierrez, 34, Corey James, 23, Anton Morrison, 24, and David Shelton, 62; Mount Vernon residents Miguel Tarrant, 41, Jamie Martindale, 21, Jamier Starkes, 23, Sion Young, 27, and Eric Barnett, 38; Yonkers resident Ebbin Croft, 23; and Rye resident Jahil Ricketts, 21.

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