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April 27, 2017
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Seven Members of Bronx Drug Trafficking Organization Charged With Narcotics Trafficking

APR 27 (BRONX, N.Y.)  - James G. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging seven members of the “MMOB” drug trafficking organization with participating in a narcotics trafficking conspiracy.  The case has been assigned to United States District Judge Paul G. Gardephe.  Six of the defendants are currently in custody, and were presented before United States Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox this afternoon. 

“Law enforcement’s collaboration since last summer has led to the indictments of members of the MMOB crew on narcotics conspiracy charges,” Hunt said.  “The Norwood section of the Bronx has been plagued by these individuals for some time and today’s efforts are a step in reclaiming this neighborhood for the community.  These gang members allegedly trafficked a myriad of drugs to include strong prescription narcotics, which is a focus of our current investigative efforts, as these drugs are causing serious issues for our citizens.”

“With today’s indictment of seven alleged members of a drug trafficking organization, we seek to stem the flow of drugs and the havoc they wrought on the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx,” Kim said.  “As the indictment alleges, these defendants trafficked in all types of drugs, including crack cocaine, cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana, and peddled them on the streets, by delivery, and out of apartment buildings in the area.  I thank our partners at the NYPD and DEA for their continued commitment to combatting drug trafficking and making our city safer.”  

“This indictment is another example of the NYPD’s commitment to hold responsible those who distribute narcotics into our communities,” O’Neill said. “I commend the work of the NYPD investigators involved and our federal partners who continue to work tirelessly to protect our communities.”

As alleged in the indictment and in other court papers, the MMOB crew (“Mosholu Money Over Bitches”) is a group of individuals who are engaged in narcotics trafficking in the vicinity of Gates Place, Knox Place, and Mosholu Parkway, in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx.  From July 2016 up to April 2017, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, Joshua Perez, 30, aka “Link,” Javier Collazo, 20, Hiram Collazo, 19, aka “Alex, Natalie Jusino, 34, Kevin Mieses, 25, Amaury Modesto, 37, and Andrew Perez, 24, all of the Bronx, conspired to distribute significant amounts of narcotics, including crack cocaine, cocaine, oxycodone, and marijuana, in and around the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx, on a daily basis.  The MMOB DTO controlled narcotics sales between Gates Place and Knox Place, primarily between Mosholu Parkway and West Gun Hill Road, selling on the streets and in and around apartment buildings in that area. 

Each defendant is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.  The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.
All of the defendants except for Perez, who remains at large, are in custody.   

Mr. Kim thanked the DEA and the NYPD for their work on the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Narcotics Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eli J. Mark and Jilan J. Kamal are in charge of the prosecution. 

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
         

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