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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz’s Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau worked in conjunction with Police Commissioner Dermot Shea’s Gun Recidivist Investigation Program, which is within the NYPD’s Gun Violence Suppression Division, to conduct a 16-month-long investigation that ended up indicting 21 alleged gun and drug runners throughout Jamaica and Far Rockaway on June 30.
The VCEB and GRIP were able to bring down the alleged traffickers by wiretapping the cell phone of MTA employee Antoine Nance, 35, of Far Rockaway, who was charged with two indictments for conspiracy in the second and fourth degree, the criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first and third degree and attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second and third degree, according to the DA’s Office.
The Queens District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD got an assist from the Placer County District Attorney’s Office in Roseville, Calif., for the capture of Charles Williams, who was wanted in connection with the alleged murder of a Jamaica man in 2018.
Williams, 35, was extradited back to New York on the evening of March 26 after being arrested in Sacramento and was remanded by Justice Kenneth Holder. He is to return to Queens Criminal Court on Aug. 2 after being indicted on four counts for murder in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence, according to the QDA’s office.
The New York Police Department’s Special Victims Bureau teamed up with the Clayton County Police Department in Georgia to nab an alleged rape suspect who was found through a DNA match after a more than yearlong investigation, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
“For more than a year, the investigation into this brutal attack continued and intensified in an effort to find justice for the victim,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
Entrepreneurs tired of loitering or disruptive behavior in their stores in Downtown Jamaica and surrounding the 103rd Precinct may breathe a sigh of relief.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz has teamed up with the New York Police Department to address unsolicited activity inside and outside small businesses by creating a warning system to both give entrepreneurs respite from the nuisance and to give troublesome individuals a chance to curb their behavior without having to be arrested.