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Renovated gymnasium at Frederick E. Samuel Houses in Harlem: Funding through seized narcotics proceeds

Ceremony and community basketball game, 3 p.m. today

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, Frederick J. Watts, Executive Director of New York City’s Police Athletic League (PAL), and Gerald Nelson, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Vice President for Security, announced the unveiling of a newly refurbished gymnasium at the Frederick E. Samuel Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development in the Harlem section of Manhattan.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. today in the Frederick E. Samuel Community Center, located at 669 Lenox Ave. …

Ten Arrested in Staten Island Gang Takedown: Indictments Charge Heroin Trafficking and Shooting, Two Firearms Seized

New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, Richmond County District Attorney Michael McMahon and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced today the arrest and indictment of 10 individuals on Staten Island and in New Jersey as a result of a long-term investigation by the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Staten Island Gang Squad (SIGS). The indictment brought by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor centers on heroin trafficking, a shooting and weapons possession. The Richmond County District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD initiated the investigation.

Beginning early yesterday morning, approximately 120 members of …

Alex Crandon Sentenced to 53 1/3 Years to Life in Prison for Role in “GS9” Gang Warfare

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today the sentencing of ALEX CRANDON, 22, to 53 1/3 years to life in prison for his role in gang warfare that extended from New York City to Miami, and involved murder and multiple attempted murders between January 2013 and October 2014.

On April 15, 2016, CRANDON was convicted at trial on 19 counts, including Conspiracy in the Second and Fourth Degrees, Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, …

Nine convicted in long-running scheme to smuggle cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York via the U.S. Mail

Bronx daycare used as cover for drug operation

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today the convictions of nine members of a sophisticated trafficking ring that smuggled large quantities of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York City in U.S. Postal Service packages, and used a Bronx daycare center as a cover for drug crimes. The head of the drug ring, JUAN VALDEZ, and his top lieutenants pled guilty to felony drug charges and were sentenced to prison.

Today, GREGORIO HANLEY, who served as a top manager and distributor for VALDEZ in New York City, received …

Rashid Derissant Sentenced to 98 1/3 Years to Life in Prison for Role in “GS9” Gang Warfare in New York City and Miami

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today the sentencing of RASHID DERISSANT, 24, to 98 1/3 years to life in prison for his role in gang warfare that extended from New York City to Miami, and involved murder and multiple attempted murders between January 2013 and October 2014.

On April 15, 2016, DERISSANT was convicted at trial on 22 counts, including Conspiracy in the Second and Fourth Degrees, Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Assault in the First and Second Degrees, Attempted Assault in the …

Heroin packaging operation dismantled in Inwood: Over $5 million in heroin seized, 10 arrests

100s of stamps with brand names, including “$INCOME TAX”

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, and Chief Security Officer Thomas Belfiore and Superintendent of Police Michael Fedorko, both of Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, announced the arrests of 10 members of a major drug trafficking operation in the Inwood section of Manhattan. Approximately 10 kilograms of heroin (22 lbs.), including five kilograms of powdered heroin and 150,000 individual dose …

Two Members of Violent Street Gang GS9 Convicted of Murder and Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, and Other Crimes

Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced today that a jury has convicted RASHID DERISSANT and ALEX CRANDON for the February 2013 murder of a 19-year-old rival gang member in Brooklyn, and numerous acts of violence in New York City and Miami Beach.  The conspiracy began with crack dealing in Brooklyn, spanned nearly two years, and was connected to the Crip gang known as “GS9.”

After an eight week long trial and four days of deliberation, a Manhattan Supreme Court jury found DERRISANT, 24 and CRANDON, 22, guilty on charges of Conspiracy in the Second and Fourth …

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