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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2013

FOUR DRUG KINGPINS, LOWER EAST SIDE GANG MEMBERS INDICTED FOR RUNNING COCAINE DELIVERY SERVICE

DA Vance: 122 Members From Six Manhattan Gangs Indicted In Less Than One Month

Mercedes-Benz, Rolex Watches, Drugs, Large Quantities of Cash Seized
 
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and New York City Police Department Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the indictment of 41 members of two narcotics trafficking rings that sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of cocaine each year. Thirty-three members of the “Blocc Boyz” street gang, based in the Baruch Houses in the Lower East Side, are accused of using car services to deliver cocaine to customers throughout Manhattan. Four of the defendants are charged with Operating As a Major Trafficker, also known as the “Drug Kingpin” statute, a class A-I felony. All of these defendants are charged with Conspiracy in the Second Degree and other drug-related crimes.
 
A separate indictment charges eight members of the “Money Boyz” street gang, based in the Campos Houses in the East Village, with drug-related offenses for trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine.[1] 
 
“As this indictment reveals, residents of Manhattan today can get nearly everything delivered to their doorstep – from dinner, to dry cleaning, and even cocaine,” said District Attorney Vance. “Members of the Blocc Boyz are accused of charging a premium price to deliver narcotics to customers throughout Manhattan. Unbelievably, they made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from this service at the same time they were living in city-subsidized housing as NYCHA residents. Hardworking families should not have to live side-by-side with drug dealers poisoning their communities. I thank my Office’s prosecutors and our partners at the NYPD – in particular, the undercover detectives who put their lives at risk – for their continuing commitment to root out drugs, guns, and violence from our neighborhoods.” 
 
Commissioner Kelly said: “Many of the suspects in this case have violent histories, including murder, manslaughter, and gang assault. There also are unsolved shootings which we believe involve retaliatory violence among street crews on the Lower East Side. As we’ve seen in this case and investigations throughout the city, street crews have often been responsible for significant amounts of crime. Our success in targeting them has been largely responsible for the 30% and 25% reductions in murders and shootings this year.”
 
New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea said: “These drug busts send a message that we simply will not tolerate criminal behavior in public housing, and the tireless efforts of the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office have won a significant victory for all New Yorkers – especially residents of the New York City Housing Authority. NYCHA works to provide safe and secure housing for its 400,000 residents who deserve an environment that is crime-free. We applaud the fine men and women of the NYPD and D.A.'s office as they work around the clock to keep our communities safe, and to keep illegal drugs off of our streets and away from our families.”
 
Blocc Boyz
 
According to the indictment, Blocc Boyz is comprised of members of two Lower East Side street gangs – “Cash is King” and “Stack” – that operated a major cocaine trafficking ring based out of the Baruch Houses, where many of the defendants reside. Since approximately April 2010, the defendants are charged with obtaining, transporting, processing, packaging, selling, and delivering large quantities of powder cocaine to customers throughout Manhattan. 
 
Members of the Blocc Boyz are accused of using car services to deliver the drugs to buyers, including to residences on the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, and Midtown Manhattan, as well as in Brooklyn and Queens. Customers of this ring generally paid $120 per gram of cocaine. Two of the defendants – DERRELL UNDERWOOD, 30, and GERALD ESPINAL, 60 – are employed as livery drivers. 
 
According to documents filed in court, the defendants regularly met at a strip club in Queens called Perfection, and spent drug proceeds on expensive vehicles, including BMWs, as well as on liquor and other luxury items.
 
Four defendants accused of overseeing the drug operation are charged as “Drug Kingpins”: SEAN STEELE, JR., 25; ANTHONY ALVAREZ, 20, ADRIAN RIVERA, 24, and MICHAEL AUSTIN RODRIGUEZ, 24. The statute, a class A-I felony carrying a potential life sentence, took effect in October 2009 as part of the Rockefeller Drug Law reform.
 
Within the last 24 hours, detectives have executed a series of search warrants. During the execution of those warrants, detectives recovered a Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan and other cars, expensive jewelry including Rolex watches, large quantities of cash, heroine, and methamphetamine. 
 
Money Boyz
 
According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, since approximately November 2011, members of the “Money Boyz” gang, based at or near Campos Plaza in the East Village, are charged with selling large quantities of cocaine to undercover police officers. Acting as its manager, CHRISTIAN/CHRISTOPHER SLATER, 23, is accused of overseeing the operation.
 
Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit
 
Within the past month, more than 120 members of six different street gangs in Manhattan have been charged following joint investigations by the District Attorney’s Office’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit and the NYPD. In March, 18 defendants were indicted for possessing and selling crack cocaine and marijuana in East Harlem. Last Friday, District Attorney Vance announced indictments against 63 members of three of Manhattan’s most violent street gangs: Air It Out, True Money Gang, and Whoadey. The members of these gangs, largely based in East Harlem, are charged with Conspiracy in the First Degree with the object crime of murder, dozens of shootings, gang assault, gun trafficking, and other related charges. Since its formation in 2010, the VCEU has brought 12 indictments against 13 gangs.
                                                                                                  
Assistant District Attorneys Michelle Warren and Christopher Prevost are handling the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Christopher Ryan, Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division. Investigative Analysts Jonathan Rivera and Charles Collins assisted in the investigation. Assistant District Attorney Duncan Levin, Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, is handling the asset forfeiture aspect of the case.
 
District Attorney Vance thanked Commissioner Kelly, Chief Anthony J. Izzo, Chief of Narcotics Joseph J. Reznick, Inspector James Guida, Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon, Captain Eugene McCarthy, Lieutenant John Patane, Detective David Bailey, and the undercover detectives of Manhattan South Narcotics.
 
 
Defendant Information: 
 
BLOCC BOYZ
 
ANTHONY ALVAREZ (ALCAREZ), a/k/a “Lineem,” D.O.B. 7/1/1992
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Operating As a Major Trafficker, a class A-1 felony, 1 count 
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 4 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 8 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
 
ROBERT AMADOR, a/k/a “Bobby,” D.O.B. 7/26/1953
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
AMARIS AVILES, D.O.B. 2/19/1995
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
RASHEEM BROWN, a/k/a “EDC,” D.O.B. 3/13/1991
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
LARRY CANDIDO, a/k/a “Dido,” D.O.B. 7/22/1989
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
MICHELE CRUZ, a/k/a “Michy,” D.O.B. 1/8/1986
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 3 counts
 
STEPHANIE DOMINGUEZ, D.O.B. 2/3/1991
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
                                                
GERALD ESPINAL, a/k/a “The General,” D.O.B. 12/13/1952
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 2 counts
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 5 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 11 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 3 counts
 
WILLIAM GARCIA, a/k/a “Patch,” D.O.B. 5/18/1989
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 4 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 6 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 2 counts
 
GREILY GOMEZ, D.O.B. 12/29/1986
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
                                          
CRISTIAN (CHRISTIAN) HERNANDEZ, a/k/a “Bino,” D.O.B. 12/5/1989
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
JASON MIRABAL, a/k/a “Mighty,” D.O.B. 5/4/1983
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
ADAM OQUENDO, a/k/a “Trizz,” D.O.B. 12/17/1986
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony, 2 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 2 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 6 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 2 counts
 
JIMMY OUTLAW, a/k/a “Jimmy,” D.O.B. 10/3/1989
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
WILSON PICHARDO, a/k/a “Scotty,” D.O.B. 
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
JOSE RIOS, D.O.B. 2/9/1976
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
 
ADRIAN RIVERA, a/k/a “Ace,” a/k/a “Adiddy,” a/k/a “Adubz,” D.O.B. 1/22/1989
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Operating As a Major Trafficker, a class A-1 felony, 1 count 
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 10 counts
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony, 6 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 37 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 69 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 4 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 14 counts
 
ELLIOT RODRIGUEZ, a/k/a “ETriple,” D.O.B. 12/29/1987
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 2 counts
 
MARIO RODRIGUEZ, a/k/a “Mo,” a/k/a “Smooth,” D.O.B. 4/4/1988
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
MICHAEL AUSTIN RODRIGUEZ, a/k/a “Woodstock,” D.O.B. 7/14/1988
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Operating As a Major Trafficker, a class A-1 felony, 1 count 
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
MICHAEL ROSADO, a/k/a “Dustman,” a/k/a “Dust,” a/k/a “Laflare,” D.O.B. 8/2/1987
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 4 counts
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony, 2 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 8 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 20 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 2 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 4 counts
 
JAHMEL SANDERS, a/k/a “Dolla,” D.O.B. 11/28/1992
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
VICTOR SANTIAGO, a/k/a “Twin,” D.O.B. 2/11/1994
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
 
VICTOR SERRANO, D.O.B. 5/1/1980
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 2 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
 
SEAN STEELE, JR., a/k/a “Frank,” a/k/a “Boobie,” a/k/a “Kunk,” D.O.B. 3/28/1988
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Operating As a Major Trafficker, a class A-1 felony, 1 count 
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
 
DERRELL UNDERWOOD, D.O.B. 1/10/1983
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony, 2 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 4 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 14 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
 
KRISTA ZUNIGA, D.O.B. 9/30/1991
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
 
MONEY BOYZ
 
ELLIOT CALDWELL, D.O.B. 11/28/1992
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
 
JOSHUA IGARTUA, D.O.B. 10/24/1992
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
 
TASHEEM KNIGHT, D.O.B. 7/26/1990
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 4 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 4 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
 
KELVIN JOAQUIN, D.O.B. 7/17/1982
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
 
CHRISTIAN MANLEY, D.O.B. 9/7/1993
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 4 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 4 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 3 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
 
CHRISTIAN/CHRISTOPHER SLATER, D.O.B. 6/4/1989
New York, NY
 
Charges:
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 20 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 20 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, 8 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, 2 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 2 counts
 
[1] The charges contained in the indictments are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.