Westchester drug bust leads to arrest of 18 alleged gang members

Andrew Weber
June 12, 2019 - 1:59 pm
Mug shots of alleged gang members caught in Westchester operation

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) —A police operation in Westchester led to the arrest of 18 alleged gang members on drug trafficking related charges, authorities say.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino and New Rochelle Police Commissioner Joseph Schaller announced the arrests as part of a year-long investigation nicknamed "Operation Crip Keeper."

The arrests are the largest, by number of defendants, in a series of investigations over two years.

The gang members allegedly trafficked in crack cocaine.

Police used social media, wiretaps and electronic surveillance to help track the suspects.

They recovered five handguns, an assault rifle, and an unspecified amount of cash.

The charges include conspiracy, attempted murder, robbery, burglary and narcotics-related offenses.

Those arrested are identified as:
--Evan DeYoung Adams, 22, aka "Emula"
--Brandon Brown, 25, aka "Bones"
--Gerardo Alvarez, 18, aka "EZ"
--Ebbin Croft aka "Dinero" (DOB 11/09/95) Yonkers
--Keyonnie Davis, 23, aka "Zeus"
--Kody Fudge, 27,
--Eduardo Gutierrez, 34, aka "Gio"
--Artez Jackson, 22, aka "Tez"
--Corey James, 23, aka "Curry" (named in both indictments)
--Ashley Jankowski, 29
--Jamie Martindale, 21
--Jahil Ricketts, 21, aka "Fat Boy" aka "Sheff"
--Jamier Starkes, 23, aka "Play"
--Sion Young, 27, aka "C Money"
--Eric Barnett, 38
--Anton Morrison, 24
--David Shelton, 62
--Miguel Tarrant, aka "Zee" or "Zelda"

The indictment alleges that several defendants sold cocaine from a residence in New Rochelle, and that conflict, sparked by one defendant selling directly to another's customers when the latter was incarcerinated, led to an attempted murder.

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