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Southeast Queens: 45 people nabbed in gang-related drug bust

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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:33 pm | Updated: 2:29 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

Dozen of alleged gang members have been charged with dealing drugs and other crimes in Southeast Queens after a 15-month investigation by the NYPD’s Queens Gang Squad and the Queens District Attorney’s Narcotics Investigations Bureau. In all, 45 people were arrested, including alleged 19 customers.

The two drug operations were making $15,000 a week by selling narcotics to street dealers who sold the drugs to their customers, according to the Queens DA.

The police seized approximately one and one-half kilograms of cocaine, over 50 decks of heroin, a quantity of marijuana, approximately $70,000 in alleged narcotic proceeds, numerous cell phones, four handguns and a 9-mm Intratec submachine gun, the DA said.

The drug operation was being run by a sect of the Bloods street gang known as the South Side Bloods and the Corley Crew, led by James “Wall” Corley, an original member of the Queens Supreme Team, a violent narcotics gang that gained power during the city’s crack epidemic in the 1980s, the DA said.

“Although Corley allegedly took extreme care to insulate himself from detection by law enforcement by frequently changing telephone numbers and having he and his associates communicate through coded language, his efforts proved unsuccessful,” DA Richard Brown said in a prepared statement. “These arrests — and the seizure of drugs, guns and other contraband resulting from this investigation — should serve as a warning to both drug dealers and violent criminals alike that the law enforcement community – in spite of the City’s economic difficulties – will continue to aggressively track down those individuals who traffic in drugs and seek to put them in prison.”

The DA alleges that:

 The Corley Crew supplied customers in the South Jamaica Houses, the Baisley Houses, Rochdale Village and other areas in Jamaica while the South Side Bloods, supplied customers in Baisley Gardens and other parts of the Jamaica.

On May 10, Corley was charged with three narcotics sales and other related charges. Police recovered a quantity of cocaine, ten vials of Lidocaine (commonly added to cocaine as a diluent), 45 forged $5 bills and various narcotics paraphernalia at his Rochdale Village residence.

Other top members of Corley’s drug operation were also apprehended on May 10. Among them were Nathan Braithwaite and Troy Walker. Police recovered 27 forged $20 bills, 28 forged $5 bills, a quantity of cocaine and various narcotics paraphernalia from Braithwaite’s residence and cocaine and heroin from Walker’s residence, both located in Jamaica.

Nicole Turner, who maintained a narcotics stash-house for the narcotics suppliers of the organization was arrested two days earlier. Police recovered approximately 231 grams of cocaine, six kilo presses, three digital scales and narcotics packaging materials from the location.

Gregory Avery, an associate of Corley, was apprehended on February 16  at the Crown Motor Inn after he sold cocaine to two customers. By using court-authorized eavesdropping warrants, the authorities learned that Kyle Milburn, one of Corley’s suppliers, allegedly sold approximately 494 grams of cocaine to Kenneth Whitehead, who is a Bronx narcotics dealer.

Thereafter, Milburn and one of his workers, Ryan Pelt, were arrested for cocaine possession. Approximately $65,000 from alleged drug sales were recovered from a safety deposit box used by Whitehead.

Electronic surveillance revealed that members of the South Side Bloods also supplied narcotics throughout Jamaica and  passed around a “work telephone,” to ensure that they would be to their customer 24 hours a day.

In January 2012, two leaders of the South Side Bloods – Craig Scott and Steven Houston – and two others were arrested for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and other related charges.

Also arrested in January 2012, was Allen Mitchell, an alleged supplier to the gang, for second degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Police recovered cocaine from Mitchell’s residence, an inoperable sawed-off shotgun from Houston’s residence and cocaine from the residence of worker Shawn Inman.

A month earlier, two loaded firearms — a .357 Taurus and a .32-caliber handgun — and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were recovered at the 166th Street residence of  gang member, Tamar Loper, despite his attempt to get rid of the evidence by throwing the firearms onto his roof.

On March 21, gang member Donald Merritt was arrested in Jamaica for possession of a Tech 9 handgun and 50 9-mm bullets.

Below is a list of the 26 alleged narcotic suppliers, dealers and workers, along with the charges against them.

 Vivica Allen, 51, of 159th Street in Jamaica was arrested on March 15 and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Allen is alleged to be a narcotics worker.

 Darren Andrews, 47, of Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica was arrested on Jan. 26 for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Andrews is alleged to be a narcotics supplier.

 Gregory Avery, 41, of Horace Harding Expressway in Corona was arrested on Feb. 16 for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Avery is alleged to be a narcotics supplier.

Braithwaite, 47, of Union Hall Street was arrested on May 10 for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Braithwaite is alleged to be a member of the Corley organization and a narcotics supplier.

 Marc Carmon, 40, of 166th Street in Jamaica was arrested on Dec. 1, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Carmon is alleged to be a narcotics dealer.

 Antoine Carroll, 33, of Brooklyn, was arrested on April 23 for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Carroll is alleged to be a Bloods member and a narcotics dealer.

Deval Cobb, 42, of Garden Wood Terrace in Richmond, Va. was arrested on Jan. 31 for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Cobb is alleged to be a narcotics customer and a worker for the Corley organization.

 James Corley, 51, of 133rd Avenue in Jamaica was arrested on May 10 for second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Corley is alleged to be the leader of the Corley Crew and a narcotics supplier.

 Anthony Davis, 30, of 225th Street in Jamaica was arrested on Sept. 22 for endangering the welfare of a child. Davis was allegedly found in possession of marijuana following the execution of a search warrant at his residence in which was a four-year-old child.

David Driggins, 45, of Staten Island, New York was arrested on April 25 for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Driggins is alleged to be a narcotics associate of defendant Milburn.

 Travis Forbes, 36, of Gipson Street in Far Rockaway, Queens, was arrested on April 24  for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Forbes is alleged to be a Bloods member.

 Leonard Gibson, 35, of Brooklyn was arrested on Oct. 4, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Gibson is alleged to be a Bloods member.

Steven Houston, 30, of 150th Street in Jamaica was arrested on Jan. 12 for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Houston is alleged to be a narcotics supplier and a high-ranking member of the South Side Bloods.

 Shawn Inman, 25, of Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica was arrested on Jan.12 for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Inman is alleged to be a narcotics worker for the South Side Bloods.

 Tamar Loper, 35, of 166th Street in Jamaica was arrested on Dec. 1, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Loper is alleged to be a narcotics dealer.

 Donald Merritt, 24, of 190th Avenue in Jamaica was arrested on March 21 for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Merritt is alleged to be a 40s Bloods member.

 Kyle Milburn, 38, of Manhattan, was arrested on April 25 for first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Milburn is alleged to be a narcotics supplier to original members of Supreme Team.

 Allen Mitchell, 33, of 106th Avenue in Queens, was arrested on Jan. 12, 2010, for second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Mitchell is alleged to be a narcotics supplier to the South Side Bloods.

 Joshua Paige, 42, of Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, Queens, was arrested on May 16 for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Paige is alleged to be a narcotics associate of James Corley.

 Ryan Pelt, 40, of 159th Street in Jamaica, was arrested on March 30 for first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Pelt is alleged to be a facilitator in the case of Kenneth Whitehead.

 Craig Scott, 34, of Doormans Road in St. Albans was arrested on April 21, 2011, for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Scott is alleged to be a narcotics supplier for the South Side Bloods.

 Michael Stephens, 59, of 185th Street in Hollis was arrested on March 26 for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Stephens is alleged to be a narcotics associate of James Corley.

 Nicole Turner, 41, of 145th Avenue in Rosedale was arrested on May 9 for first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Turner is alleged to be a narcotics worker.

Walker, 44, of 159th Street in Jamaica, Queens, was arrested on May 10  for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Walker is alleged to be a member of James Corley’s narcotics organization.

 Kenneth Whitehead, 44, of the Bronx, New York, was arrested on March 30 for first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Whitehead is alleged to be a narcotics supplier.

 Brian Wright, 26, of Brooklyn, was arrested on October 3, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wright is alleged to be a narcotic worker and a customer.

 Below is a list of the 19 alleged narcotic customers and the charges against them.

Craig Belcher, 47, of Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica was arrested on July 7, 2011, for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Valeria Brown, 51, of North Conduit Avenue in Jamaica was arrested on November 2, 2011, for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance

Dwayne Calinda, 27, of 160th Street in Jamaica was arrested on November 22, 2011, for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Roderick Cook, 28, of 155th Street in Jamaica  was arrested on October 24, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Jerry Currin, 55, of 121st Avenue in Jamaica was arrested on April 23 for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Bradley Denize, 47, of 113th Avenue in Jamaica was arrested on Nov. 27, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Peter Dimitroff, 65, of Alderton Street in Queens Rego was arrested on Dec. 12, 2011, for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Wilson Dobie, 47, of 147th Street in Jamaica was arrested on Aug. 10, 2011, for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Lawrence Hampton, 44, of Liverpool Street in Jamaica was arrested on March 26 for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Charles Henley, 29, of 224th Street in Jamaica was arrested on Oct. 4, 2011, for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

William Lewis, 50, of 118th Avenue in Jamaica was arrested on Dec. 11, 2011, for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Michael McBean, 51, of Glassboro Avenue in Jamaica was arrested on June 20, 2011, for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Michael McAuley, 39, of 141st Avenue in Rosedale was arrested on June 6, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Aisha McGibbon, 27, of Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica was arrested on Aug. 11, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Stevie McGibbon, 27, of Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica was arrested on Aug. 11, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Zhora Musheyev, 35, of 63rd Drive in Forest Hills was arrested on Feb. 15 for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Tiffany Powers, 31, of Kissena Boulevard in Flushing was arrested on Dec. 1, 2011, for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Sanjay Sirgu, 25, of Brooklyn, was arrested on Nov. 9, 2011, for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Artyom Yagudayev, 35, of Denver, Co. was arrested on Feb. 15 for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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