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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
August 02, 2012

DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF 19 GANG MEMBERS FOR CONSPIRING TO SELL CRACK COCAINE

Case Represents Seventh Drug Ring Indicted in Past 18 Months

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of 19 members of two separate gangs – “20 BLOCC” and “Flow Boyz” – on charges including Conspiracy in the Second Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.[1] The indictments for possessing and selling crack cocaine and related crimes follow a joint investigation led by the District Attorney’s Office’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit and the NYPD’s Manhattan North Narcotics Bureau.

“Today, we effectively closed an open-air drug market in East Harlem,” said District Attorney Vance. “The defendants are accused of holding their neighborhood hostage for three years while they dealt crack cocaine on sidewalks, playgrounds, in residential buildings, stairwells, lobbies, and even in front of a community center. By working with the NYPD and NYCHA, we are doing our part to make New York safer neighborhood by neighborhood. It is my hope that this case will help return the community to its residents and families.”

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said: “The arrests of these gang members, who dealt drugs in front of children and other residents of the Wagner Houses and Taino Towers, is an example of what NYPD officers do each day to improve the quality of life in East Harlem and other neighborhoods in our City. I commend the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD’s Manhattan North Narcotics Bureau for their fine work throughout this investigation.”

New York City Housing Authority Chairman John B. Rhea said: “The New York City Housing Authority is committed to redoubling our efforts with Mayor Bloomberg, District Attorney Cyrus Vance, NYPD Commissioner Kelly, other local leaders and residents to get drugs out of our neighborhoods and guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals. I would like to thank all our partners, especially the District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD for working with us to make sure the safety of our young people and our NYCHA communities continues to be a top priority.”

According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, the defendants operated two separate drug dealing organizations called “20 BLOCC” and “Flow Boyz.” They are accused of selling crack cocaine in the vicinity of a NYCHA public housing facility – the Wagner Houses – and the Taino Towers, both in East Harlem. At least one defendant, JOHNIECE ERBY, 27, is accused of preparing crack from powder cocaine inside an apartment in the Wagner Houses.

The defendants in this group were loosely knit, and did not have a top-down organizational structure. Many of the drug sales charged in the indictment were observed by NYPD officers, either acting undercover or through the use of surveillance cameras.  Undercover police officers also purchased crack cocaine from various defendants on more than two dozen occasions. The investigation into this case continues.

Today’s charges represent the seventh indictment in the past 18 months of a group on charges related to the sale of illegal drugs in Harlem, including:

• 14 members of a young gun and drug crew that sold crack cocaine and terrorized 137th Street;
• 22 members of a major East Harlem narcotics trafficking organization that dealt cocaine for more than 25 years;
• 11 members of a drug crew that sold marijuana out of a fake Harlem furniture store; 19 members of the violent, armed “Goodfellas” gang that terrorized 129th Street;
• 35 members of large-scale PCP drug ring in Central Harlem; and
• 31 members of a gang who sold crack cocaine in the Lincoln Houses.

On Monday, August 6th at 6 p.m., the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will host a meeting at the Wagner Houses Community Center at 435 East 120th Street for residents to learn about ongoing crime prevention efforts, including several programs being offered to keep youth in the neighborhood engaged. In a continuing effort to provide year-round, free athletic programming for kids and teens, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, NYPD, DEA, NYCHA, Police Athletic League, ProHoops, SCAN-NY, and AllStarr Volleyball have partnered to provide high-quality sports training throughout the borough on Friday and Saturday nights. One of the four program locations includes the Johnson Houses Community Center at 1829-1839 Lexington Avenue, just a few blocks from the Wagner Houses. For information, please contact Joselinne Minaya at (212) 335-9589. 

Assistant District Attorneys Lucy Cutolo is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Chris Ryan, Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division. Investigative Analysts Michael LaRusso and Jonathan Rivera provided valuable assistance with the case, as did Assistant District Attorney Kerry Chicon of the Crime Strategies Unit, and Assistant District Attorney David O’Keefe, Chief of the Crime Strategies Unit.

District Attorney Vance thanked NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Chief Anthony Izzo of the Organized Crime Control Bureau, Inspector Lori Pollock, Captain Steven Ortiz, Detective Martin Campos, and the undercover detectives of Manhattan North Narcotics.

Flow Boyz Defendants:

LENNOX CALLANDER, D.O.B. 06/06/1987
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, two counts
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count

JOHNEICE ERBY, D.O.B. 01/25/1985
Bronx, NY

Charges:
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count

KENT EVANS, D.O.B. 09/05/1985
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, one count
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


AVAUGHN JONES, D.O.B. 08/10/1990
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, two counts
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


COREY LEAK, D.O.B. 06/15/1984
New York, NY

Charges:
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


JAMES ROBINSON, D.O.B. 10/22/1993
New York, NY

Charges:
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


GLENN SAVERY, D.O.B. 03/05/1987
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, two counts
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


DONTE STEWART, D.O.B. 08/18/1984
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, five counts
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


20 BLOCC Defendants

WARREN BRYANT, D.O.B. 03/06/1994
New York, NY

Charges:
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


FRENCHY DAVILA, D.O.B. 08/12/1991
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, one count
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


BRANDON FREEMAN, D.O.B. 04/20/1992
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, eleven counts
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


JANSON FREEMAN, D.O.B. 06/19/1991
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, one count
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count

ARTURO GARCIA, D.O.B. 03/07/1993
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, two counts
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count

KAREEM GILL, D.O.B. 11/22/1988
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, one count
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


ANTONIUS NEDD, D.O.B. 11/26/1985
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, four counts
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count


JOHN SMITH, D.O.B. 10/14/1985
New York, NY

Charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, two counts
• Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count

 

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