Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill announced today the indictment and arrests of 11 individuals as a result of a long-term investigation into drug trafficking in the vicinity of the Roosevelt Houses, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residential complex in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and elsewhere in Brooklyn.
An indictment filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor contains charges of Conspiracy in the Second, Fourth and Fifth Degrees, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First, Second and Third Degrees, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First and Third Degrees and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in or near School Grounds. Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez approved and submitted multiple eavesdropping applications for court authorization.
Yesterday morning, members of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North arrested eight defendants in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Nassau County. Police conducted a series of court authorized searches and seized four loaded firearms, over two kilograms of powder and crack cocaine (almost five pounds), approximately 500 grams of heroin (over one pound), and approximately 27 pounds of marijuana from the residence of PATRICK DAY a/k/a “AP” at 725 Greene Avenue in Brooklyn, a stash house operated by MASON MCALLISTER a/k/a “Mase” at 61 Hart Street in Brooklyn and the residence of brothers JOHN GONZALEZ a/k/a “Gotti” and JONATHAN GONZALEZ a/k/a “Loso” at 7 St. James Place in the NYCHA Alfred E. Smith Houses in Manhattan. In addition, police seized over $110,000 in cash and luxury automobiles, including a Bentley, a BMW and Cadillac from these same locations, as well as from a stash house operated by DAY at 553 East 108th Street in the NYCHA Breukelen Houses in Brooklyn and the residence of MASON MCALLISTER at 1040 Fulton Street in Woodmere, Nassau County.
Two defendants were previously arrested on charges stemming from the investigation in December 2016 and one defendant is currently in state custody on other charges. Arraignments for the eight defendants just arrested are scheduled for today before Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Neil Ross, Part 23, 100 Centre Street.
At the outset of the charged conspiracy, which began in May 2016, members of the NYPD identified twin brothers JOHN GONZALEZ and JONATHAN GONZALEZ as leaders of a drug organization operating in the vicinity of 997 DeKalb Avenue, a public housing building located in the NYCHA Roosevelt Houses. Undercover officers made nearly two-dozen purchases of crack cocaine from the GONZALEZ brothers’ drug organization. The investigation later led police to identify a group of additional narcotics traffickers operating in Brooklyn and supplying the GONZALEZ brothers.
After receiving court authorization for a wiretap, police learned that JOHN GONZALEZ and others in the organization that he operated with his brother allegedly planned to carry out a home-invasion robbery of another drug trafficker in Rochester, New York and steal a safe with money, narcotics, and a firearm, a plan that led JOHN GONZALEZ to travel to Rochester.
Members of the brothers’ organization also discussed stealing other firearms and the need to move guns in their possession between locations. On October 18, 2016, JONATHAN GONZALEZ allegedly instructed JOHN GONZALEZ to take firearms out of a stove at their shared residence at 7 St. James Place in Manhattan. Yesterday morning, police seized two loaded firearms from the stove of this same apartment.
As the wiretap investigation progressed, members of the NYPD identified a group of additional narcotics traffickers operating in Brooklyn, including PATRICK DAY and his associate JAMES ALLEN a/k/a “Shy,” and suppliers MASON MCALLISTER and SAMPSON SANDERS, among others.
On December 27, 2016, members of the NYPD’s Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North established surveillance in the vicinity of DAY’s residence at 725 Greene Avenue in Brooklyn, after learning of a planned narcotics transaction discussed by DAY and TERRELL WARREN in intercepted calls. After intercepting further communications between DAY and MCALLISTER, who delivered at least 861 grams of cocaine to DAY’s residence, the NYPD arrived on the scene.
A short time later, DAY and WARREN spoke again by phone and set up a meeting at DAY’s residence, where WARREN was seen leaving the basement with a red backpack and entering a BMW driven by VAN SNIPES. Police stopped WARREN and SNIPES soon after they drove away from 725 Greene Avenue and seized 861 grams of cocaine worth over $32,000 from inside the red backpack. Yesterday morning, police seized a loaded firearm and over 700 grams of cocaine from DAY’s residence.
The fourth firearm recovered yesterday morning was found in the stash location allegedly controlled by MCALLISTER at 61 Hart Street in Brooklyn. MCALLISTER was arrested at his home at 1040 Fulton Street in Woodmere, Long Island, where police seized a Bentley Continental, a BMW X6, and over $75,000 cash.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan thanked her office’s Trial Division, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Police Department’s Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North for their work on the investigation and prosecution.
The charges and allegations are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.Download Press Release
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