Boston Police and Federal agents boasted late last week, after a monumental raid on the Lenox Street Housing Development, that they’d cooled off one of the City’s 10 hottest spots for criminal activity.
After more than a year of investigation, almost 30 individuals associated with the Lenox Street Cardinals street gang were arrested or indicted in Boston Federal Court on Thursday, March 24.
Officials noted that there had been 30 shootings and more than 75 reports of shots fired in the Lenox area from March 2012 to June 2015.
“Through their sale of weapons and drugs, these defendants bring violence, fear and intimidation to a community in the heart of this City,” said United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. “Lenox Street’s residents, surrounded by illegal activity and the violence that accompanies it, are made to feel like prisoners in their own homes. As the Department of Justice, we are committed to assisting residents in reclaiming their right live in a peaceful environment free from drugs, guns and violence.”
Twenty seven individuals, many of whom are affiliated with the Lenox Street Cardinals, and other street gangs operating in the Lenox Street Housing Development in the South End, have been charged with federal and state drug and firearms offenses.
“These arrests send a strong message that illegal drugs and guns have no place on the streets of Boston,” said Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans. “I want to commend all of my officers and our partners from the ATF, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for their coordinated efforts during this lengthy investigation.” Seventeen federal indictments and one criminal complaint were unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Boston, charging 19 defendants with distribution and possession of drugs and firearms in the Lenox Street Housing Development. In addition, eight individuals from the same area were charged in criminal complaints with drug distribution by state authorities.
“ATF will continue to aggressively partner with its federal, state, and local law enforcement counterparts to dismantle criminal street gangs, and their drug trafficking and violence committed through the use of firearms”, said Daniel Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division. “Furthermore, it demonstrates that law enforcement will not standby and allow these criminal street gangs to get away with such acts, which creates fear for the residents within the community.”
Said DA Dan Conley, “The children and families who live at the Lenox Street Housing Development deserve a safe, healthy environment free of the violence that goes hand in hand with the drug trade. Local, state, and federal authorities will never waver in our commitment to those families and their right to live free of fear.”
The investigation was initiated in January 2015 with the principal goal of curtailing drug and gun trafficking that terrorizes the Lenox Street Housing Development and severely disrupts the lives of residents, Ortiz said. The Development and surrounding areas have historically suffered from the violence that accompanies these illegal activities. According to the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), the Lenox area was one of the City’s top 10 hotspots for violence in 2015.
The following defendants were charged in federal indictments or criminal complaint with:
Distribution of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a public housing project:
1) Byron Alexander, aka “Shizz”
2) Dontane Bryant, aka “Tane”;
3) Tyler Deloach, aka “Tek”;
4) John Depina, aka “Dough”;
5) Stephen Freeman, aka “Stizz”;
6) Perry Hasberry, aka “Percy”
7) Rasean Hills, aka “Bleed”;
8) Keron-Randall Lewis, aka “Talent”;
9) Frank Melo, aka “Cuts”;
10) Pablo Moreta, aka “Migo”;
11) Anthony Nunez, aka “Dizzo”;
12) Hassan Parham, aka “Hizzy”;
13) James Richardson, aka “9-Ball”;
14) Derek Roberts, aka “Keas”;
15) Ellis Santos, aka “Slim Black”;
16) Anthony Williams aka “Batz.”
Distribution of a controlled substance:
17) Lawrence Bogarty, aka “LB”; and
18) Daryl Tolbert, aka “Blaze.”
Felon-in-possession of a firearm and ammunition:
19) George Deeble, aka “Smiley”; and
20) Pablo Moresta, aka “Migo.”
Ten of the 19 federal defendants were arrested Thursday.
The charge of distribution of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a public housing project provides a mandatory minimum sentence of one year and no greater than 40 years in prison, a minimum of six years of supervised release and a fine of up to $2 million. The charge of distribution of a controlled substance provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.
Conley’s office charged the following individuals in criminal complaints:
Distribution of cocaine:
1) Spencer Oyeyemi
2) Danielle Stokes
3) Monique McFarlin
4) Marquetta Matthews
Distribution of heroin:
5) Hector Delvalle
Distribution of methamphetamine:
6) Shomari Copeland
Possession of a firearm:
7) Markus Perry
Possession and illegal sale of firearm and ammunition:
8) Steven Allen
The investigation is continuing.