15 Charged on Federal and State Drug Charges in and Around Dudley Triangle in Roxbury
APR 2 -- BOSTON, MA - As the result of an joint operation to address street violence and drug distribution in Boston, Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Office, United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley announced state and federal drug and firearm charges against 15 Boston men.
According to evidence elicited at detention hearings, and as alleged in the Complaint Affidavit filed with the Court, the Dudley Triangle area is a commercial and educational area in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Located in and around the Triangle are four major housing developments, the Dudley Square MBTA Station, various schools (including, but not limited to, Madison Park High School and Roxbury Community College) and important civic institutions including the Roxbury District Court, the Dudley branch of the Boston Public Library, and the Boston Police Department’s District B-2 Station.
Evidence at detention hearings also showed that the Dudley Triangle area has fallen victim to high profile shootings such as the May 2009 murder of 15-year-old Soheil Turner. According to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), which analyzed the incidence of drug arrests and associate crime in the Dudley Triangle area, the area attracts open air drug markets, often focusing around the Dudley Square MBTA Station and the nearby Orchard Gardens Housing Development. (See attached exhibits) Detention testimony also established a correlation of drug trafficking and violent crimes such as aggravated assaults, firearm arrests, robberies, and shootings are all demonstrated by the analytical work by the BRIC for the period between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009.
U.S. Attorney Ortiz said, “Once again, cooperation between state and federal investigators has enabled us to remove individuals who allegedly committed serious drug and firearm offenses from the streets. The people who live in the neighborhoods affected by these defendants, have the right to walk down the street, sit on their porch and let their children play in their neighborhoods without fear. The law abiding residents of Boston deserve nothing less, and we will not stand by while a handful of criminals disrupt the lives and neighborhoods of this community.”
As part of its comprehensive ongoing efforts to make the Dudley Triangle area safe for its many residents and visitors, the Boston Police Department and the DEA have been conducting joint operations in and around the Dudley Triangle since the summer of 2009. The goal of these operations has been to investigate and target individual dealers of crack cocaine or heroin in and around area housing developments, parks, and other important public places.
Commissioner Davis stated, “This collaborative enforcement initiative will have a positive effect on public safety, criminal activity and disorder concerns in our community. Our cooperative efforts with state and federal law enforcement partners continue to send a clear message that we will not tolerate illegal drug activity in our neighborhoods. I applaud these officers for their efforts and their continued dedication to community policing. Boston Police along with our law enforcement partners will persevere in our efforts to provide a safe community.”
DEA Special Agent in Charge Derr said, “This investigation is another excellent example of collaborative law enforcement. In working in concert with the Boston Police Department and the United States Attorney's Office, DEA has targeted a portion of the city that has been plagued with continued violence. The community deserves safe neighborhoods, not to live in fear.”
“The violence associated with gangs, guns, and drugs has already injured and killed too many innocents. With our local, state, and federal partners, we will take every legal step and use every legal tool to take gunmen and drug dealers off our streets and out of our neighborhoods,” stated DA Conley.
The joint operation resulted in Federal Indictments or Criminal Complaints returned against the following Boston men:
DEMETRIUS CALHOUN, A/K/A “PORK-C,” A/K/A/ “PORK,” 43
STEVEN CHAMBERS, 29. Charged with one count of Distribution of Cocaine Base and
NICHOLAS COX, 24
AKEIM FRANCIS, 22
JIMMAL MARSHAL, 20
CHRISTOPHER RODRIGUEZ, 19.
VANCE TRAYNHAM, A/K/A “V,” 35
KEVIN WIGGINS, 37
KEVIN WOODS, 19
TYRONE YOUNG, A/K/A “BIG E,” 31
KENNETH WHIGHAM, 28
ALONZO WHITE, 38
KEVIN FARROW, 38
WILLIAM HOWELL, 17
GUTHRIE SMITH, 37
The cases were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Boston
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