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More than a dozen men were indicted on federal charges for running a year-long drug ring in Upper Manhattan that dealt more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, authorities said Thursday.
The 14 men allegedly distributed the drug in Harlem around Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between approximately 120th Street and 123rd Street from November 2019 through last month, according to an indictment from the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
One member of the ring was also charged with a gunpoint robbery of a person who was attempting to buy narcotics and a gun on Nov. 3, officials said.
The arrests were made as part of operation Harlem Heat and involved officers from the NYPD’s narcotics, vice and gang units, and Homeland Security Investigations, police sources said. The takedown, which included searches and arrests, happened on Wednesday morning.
“As alleged in the Indictment, the defendants were responsible for selling large amounts of crack cocaine in Manhattan,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said. “Thanks to the extraordinary work of our partners at NYPD and HSI, the defendants now face federal charges for their crimes.”
NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison cheered the busts on Twitter Thursday.
The men charged are: Kenneth Spearman, aka “Big Man,” Sheldon Clark, aka “Sal,” Eric Grant, aka “E,” Sirron Stafford, aka “Sherm,” Cameron Francis, aka “Cam,” Isaiah Ledgister, aka “Pooch,” Tristian Oliver, aka “Jay,” Joseph Campbell, aka “JoJo,” Eric Gaston, Harvey Foster, aka “Fresh,” Maurice Womack, aka “Moe,” Reginald Claxton, aka “Dread,” Lavelle Maitland, aka “Vee,” and Ray Boyd, aka “Mustafa.” They are in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls Service.
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