UPDATE: FBI arrests those involved with gang ring in Schenectady
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The FBI along with local police agents rounded up a gang ring in Schenectady after an ongoing investigation found gang activity taking place in the city.
Over 200 law enforcement officers executed the arrest warrants early morning on Thursday. 5 defendants were already in custody, 30 of the other 39 defendants were arrested during an early morning raid Thursday.
Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney says 35 of 44 suspects sought in the latest sweep had been arrested by Thursday afternoon. The raids also netted some weapons and money.
The FBI raid took place Thursday morning around 6:00 a.m. at 1023 Park Avenue, Schenectady.
U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian, Carney, along with the FBI held a press conference in Schenectady on Thursday afternoon to discuss details of the raid and announce the multi-defendant indictments.
This sweep follows similar crackdowns in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester.
Carney says the roundup targeted the local "Four Block Gang," which brought in drugs mostly from New York City, reached into Vermont and used violence and intimidation to protect its turf.
Nineteen people were charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) as members of the organized crime group Four Block Gang.
Richard Anderson aka "Pretty Ricky," age 23; Henry Beard aka "Ju Ju," age 18; Justin Belle aka "Just Blaze," age 23; Mikell Butler aka "Kells," age 20; Linsandro Brown aka "C," age 34; Tommie Caldwell aka "T-boy," "Tommie Gun," age 20; Shaquan Hayes aka "Quan," age 19; Eric Harris aka "Easy E," age 20; Ricardo Henderson aka "Ruckus," "Mateo," "Teo," age 20; Qierre Jacobs aka "Stack," "Q-Stacks," age 20; Charles Lewis, Jr. aka "Chuck D," age 19; Arsheen Montgomery aka "Dudie," age 18; Philip Moore aka "Skrilla," "P-crack," "Big Phil," age 20; Curtis Perkins aka "Curt," age 23; Quintel Raysor aka "Quinny," age 20; Kwame Robinson aka "Kwa," age 19; Leon Robinson aka "Eon," "E-blix," age 18; Jose Serrano aka "Rico," age 20; and Kawaun Wiggins aka "Doughboy," age 25.
Maximum penalty for RICO conspiracy charge is life in prison and $250,000 fine.
These 19 defendants were members of the Four Block Gang, who operated out of the Hamilton Hill area of Schenectady, which borders State Street, Strong Street, Brandywine Ave, and Veeder Ave. The gang was involved in shootings, gun possession, sale of controlled substance, and narcotics distribution. They were very territorial from rival gangs, two gang members allegedly shooting at rival gang members once on July 21, 2010 and once on July 24, 2010.
Twenty-five defendants were charged with narcotics conspiracy and/or narcotics distribution offenses between 2008 and 2010. The drugs were trafficked between NYC to Albany and Schenectady for redistribution. The following people were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin from November 2008 to present are:
Deshae Harris, 25 of Schenectady; Kadeem Pell, 23 of Schenectady; DeShawn Tarver, 23 of Schenectady; Charles Edwards 23 of Schenectady; Brian Wilder, 40 of Vermont; Jamie Baker, 45 of Vermont; Val Socinski, 44 of Vermont; Kevin Roundsville, 47 of Schuylerville; Charles Procella, 34 of Whitehal; Frank Moreno, 30 of Bronx; Henry Keene, 35 of New York; Terrance Nea, 35 of Brooklyn; Omar Lewis, 37 of New York; Jubbar Singleton, 39 of of New York; El-Hajj Moses, 18 of Albany; Asar Brandow, 38 of Schenectady; Marqus Buchanan, 35 of Schenectady; Maikel Mangra, 26 of Schenectady; Rodney Randall, 39 of Schenectady; Shirockie Kirk, 33 of Schenectady; Vittorio George, 38 of Schenectady; Steven Hartridge, 38 of Schenectady; Sakena Kocer, 22 of Schenectady; Dushan Wilson, 22 of Albany; and Gregory Wilson, 40 of Albany.
The maximum penalty is life in prison and a $4,000,000 fine.
Two people were additionally charged with interstate travel in furtherance of racketeering activity.
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