BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and WILLIAM J. BRATTON, New York City Police Commissioner, announced today the indictment and arrests of 9 leaders and members of the “Nagle Boyzz” drug gang in connection with a 24-hour cocaine and pill trafficking operation in the Inwood section of Manhattan.
A 14-month investigation by Special Narcotics and the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Manhattan North revealed that the Nagle Boyzz did brisk business in the vicinity of 176 Nagle Ave., a block that became notorious for drug dealing. Today, the crew’s boss REMIGUEL SANCHEZ surrendered to police after evading arrest for three weeks. Eight members of the drug crew were previously arrested on March 26 and April 1, including two top managers and six street-level dealers.
During the conspiracy charged in the indictment, which runs from January 9, 2013 to March 22, 2014, SANCHEZ supervised the hierarchical crew, which operated in three eight-hour shifts each day, seven days per week. Shift managers FELIPE HERNANDEZ and MANUEL CASTILLO assisted SANCHEZ by overseeing the round-the-clock shifts.
Members of the brazen drug crew frequently directed customers inside 176 Nagle Ave. and neighboring apartment buildings, where sales took place in public areas, including lobbies and stairwells. The drug crew was the subject of multiple community complaints. Some of the sales were captured on video by private security cameras.
The investigation involved a review of social media accounts associated with members of the Nagle Boyzz. Members of the crew, including SANCHEZ, posted photos of themselves posing with firearms and large quantities of cash on Instagram. Other photos depict the Nagle Boyzz logo and members flashing gang signs.
Members of the Nagle Boyzz made 18 sales to an undercover officer for a total of nearly $3,000 during the investigation. While most of the sales involved cocaine, the crew also sold small quantities of other narcotic drugs, such as the prescription opioid painkiller Percocet. On October 11, 2013, SANCHEZ and HERNANDEZ made the largest sale to an undercover officer, $840 for 20 grams of cocaine.
In setting up the sales, the undercover typically called SANCHEZ or another member of the drug crew. On several occasions, the undercover simply showed up on the block and approached a member of the drug crew.
Today SANCHEZ was arraigned on charges in the indictment in Manhattan Supreme Court before Judge Melissa C. Jackson. Bail was set at $500,000. The eight previously arrested defendants have all been arraigned and pleaded not guilty.
The charges and allegations are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.Download Press Release (pdf)
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