Eight Indicted in Connection with Narcotics Trafficking in Brooklyn: Six Firearms Seized

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Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today the arrest and indictment of eight individuals on charges stemming from dozens of sales of narcotics to undercover officers. The majority of the sales occurred in the vicinity of East Flatbush, Brooklyn. In conjunction with the arrests, police conducted a series of court authorized searches and recovered six firearms, including five from a residence in Rosedale, Queens and one in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

During the course of the year-long investigation by the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Brooklyn South, the defendants conducted nearly 60 sales of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana with undercover officers for a total of approximately $38,500. The defendants are alleged to have operated in loosely affiliated drug networks, with defendant ANTHONY MYRIE serving as a common link between the groups. Four indictments filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor contain charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First, Second and Third Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Petit Larceny, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree and Criminal Sale of Marijuana in the Third and Fourth Degree.

The largest undercover sale in the case was conducted by defendant ANTHONY PHILOGENE, aka “Menace,” on May 11, 2018 and involved the exchange of 62 grams of crack cocaine for $3,900 in the vicinity of Prospect Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. PHILOGENE is indicted in connection with a total of four drug sales. At the time of PHILOGENE’s arrest on June 14, 2018, police conducted a court authorized search of his Rosedale, Queens home and recovered five guns from inside a closet in a room occupied by PHILOGENE. Police also seized 10 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and business cards bearing the name “Menace.” Two children were also present in the home, which is located one block from a charter elementary school.

PHILOGENE was arraigned today on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First, Second and Third degrees before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Abraham Clott and ordered held without bail. He was previously arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges stemming from the court authorized search, including weapon and drug possession.

Initial stages of the investigation centered on MYRIE, who is charged in 15 sales of crack cocaine and two sales of marijuana. MYRIE is alleged to have conducted drug business with the seven other indicted defendants, serving as a common link between the loosely affiliated groups. He also faces a charge of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree for taking $1,200 cash from an undercover officer as payment for a quantity of crack cocaine that was never provided. MYRIE was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on June 18, 2018. Judge Thomas Farber ordered him held without bail.

Defendant JOHN JEAN also accepted $530 cash from an undercover officer for crack cocaine that was never provided, resulting in a charge of Petit Larceny. Defendant DWAYNE BELL faces charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child, in addition to 23 drug related charges. During the investigation, BELL sold cocaine and marijuana to an undercover officer inside his car while his two sons were present in the backseat.

The sixth gun seized in the case was recovered on June 14, 2018 when police conducted a court authorized search of the Flatbush, Brooklyn residence of defendant CORVEN DESIR. Police also recovered over $1,000 cash from the residence. DESIR faces charges in connection with six sales of narcotics and marijuana. He was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on June 18, 2018 and is being held on $100,000 bail.

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan thanked her office’s Trial Division, the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Brooklyn South, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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