WINCHESTER, Va., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Attorney John
L. Brownlee announced today that 28 people have been indicted on charges
related to an intricate web of cocaine distribution rings in the northern
section of Winchester City called the "Block."
"The cocaine in these cases was being brought to Winchester from
Florida. Through the use of force and intimidation, these drug dealers took
control of 80 to 90 percent of the crack cocaine trade within the city of
Winchester," said Brownlee. "These arrests have stopped the flow of these
illegal drugs and the violence that comes with them."
"With today's indictments and arrests, ATF and our partners have taken
a group of violent criminals off the streets of Winchester," said Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge
William J. Hoover. "Our goal is to make the streets of our communities
safer for our citizens and children. Today's actions have helped get us
closer to that goal."
Twenty-eight people are charged in four separate indictments returned
by a federal Grand Jury sitting in Charlottesville, Virginia. The
investigation involved an eight-block area of Northern Winchester called
the "Block," and focused on a group of Florida-based drug dealers who were
importing cheap cocaine to Florida and bringing it to the Winchester area.
The focal point of the "Block" is Cartwright's Recreation Center, where
over two dozen conspirators have actively sold crack cocaine.
"The success of this operation and the positive effect it will have on
this community is due to the commitment of law enforcement, who every day
combat violent drug traffickers who try to destroy the communities we are
sworn to protect," said Shawn A. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the
Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington Division.
According to the indictment, Adelson Michel was a major supplier of
crack cocaine in the Winchester area. The crack and powder cocaine was
transported from southeast Florida to Winchester by Michel and his
Once in Winchester, Michel, Obenson Sesere, Tiffany Lee Sloane, Sheena
Nicole Curry, and Howard Harrison Felix cooked the powder cocaine into
crack cocaine and distributed it to other members of this conspiracy in the
Some members of the conspiracy, including Mark Andre Fleurival, Jackson
Milien, and Lionel Joseph, are members of an organized criminal street gang
known as "Zoe Pound," that is based in Florida. Members of this gang would
travel from Florida to Winchester to distribute crack cocaine.
Charceil Kellam, Sheena Nicole Curry, and Tiffany Lee Sloane would
offer their homes in Winchester to cook, store, sell, and distribute crack
Several members of the conspiracy, including Adelson Michel, Mark Andre
Fleurival, Jackson Milien, Tiffany Lee Sloane, and Robert Lee Scott, Jr.,
would possess or use firearms during their illegal drug transactions.
In a second indictment, the Grand Jury has alleged that James Ray
Holmes was a major supplier of cocaine base in the Winchester area and
supplied numerous drug distributors as well as drug users.
James Holmes, Donald Ray Holmes, Christopher Clark, and Demarcus Clark
would distribute cocaine base from various hotels and motels located in
Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia. Holmes and Clark often had
firearms with them during their drug trafficking activities.
In the summer of 2005, a police informant said that he/she drove Holmes
and Clark and others to a hotel in Winchester. Once inside the hotel, Clark
pulled a black pistol from his waistband. The informant said there was a
"brick" sized amount of crack cocaine in the room. Customers would call
Holmes or Clark on their cell phones and would arrange drug deals. The
informant stated that Holmes and Clark sold about $1500.00 worth of cocaine
In a third indictment, the Grand Jury has charged that Celeste Joseph
and Almosse Titti were major suppliers of crack cocaine in the Winchester
area. Joseph and Titti supplied numerous distributors who, in turn, sold
the crack cocaine to customers. Joseph, Titti, and Marsaille Volner would
bring crack cocaine and powder cocaine from Southeast Florida to
Winchester, Virginia. Joseph is charged under the "kingpin statute" with
running a continuing criminal enterprise.
Joseph, Titti, Volner, Almosse, Andre Ferne Saint-Jean and others would
cook the powder cocaine into crack cocaine and then distribute the crack
cocaine to other members of the conspiracy. Neda Davenport, Alonzo Wilds,
and Sherry Lynn Sloane would provide their homes and cars as places to
sell, cook, store, and transport the crack cocaine.
On January 1, 2006, Alonzo Wilds was beaten on the head and face with a
pistol by Andre Ferne Saint-Jean, while Mannot Lusca was present. Wilds was
a known drug associate of Saint-Jean and Lusca, and was assaulted because
Saint- Jean and Lusca suspected that Wilds was cooperating with law
enforcement investigations. Later that day, Winchester Police found
Saint-Jean standing in front of Cartwright's Recreation Center. Saint-Jean
ran from police officers, but was caught and arrested for the assault of
Wilds. Saint-Jean's arrest resulted in the seizure of more than 5 grams of
crack cocaine and $690 in United States currency.
On February 10, 2006, law enforcement received information that drugs
were being sold in and around Cartwright's Recreation Center. Investigators
seized more than five grams of crack cocaine in plain sight from inside
Cartwright's, and additional crack cocaine hidden on the property owned by
Cartwright's. During this investigation, law enforcement learned that drugs
were hidden in and around an unoccupied home at 516 North Kent Street, in
Winchester, which is located several yards from Cartwright's. Investigators
seized more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, multiple ounces of powder
cocaine, baking soda, and cooking dishes commonly used in the manufacturing
of crack cocaine. Tony Cartwright controlled Cartwright's Recreation Center
and made it available for use by drug traffickers for the storing and
distributing of cocaine.
In a fourth indictment the Grand Jury has alleged that Jennifer Marie
Holborn and Licois Fanfan conspired together to distribute 50 grams or more
of cocaine base. Several times in March 2006, Fanfan and Holborn sold
cocaine base to police informants.
A civil action seeking forfeiture to the government of 502 and 504 Kent
Street, known as Cartwright's Recreation Center, was also filed in federal
court Tuesday morning. The complaint and affidavit charges that the
property facilitated drug trafficking in the area for years, and cites 94
reported drug offenses in and around the property between January 2003 and
July 2006, including seven controlled purchases of cocaine by law
enforcement from inside the building during that time frame. The affidavit
sets forth that Tony Cartwright and Allen Cartwright were present in the
building when drug trafficking occurred, and that both were aware of the
drug trafficking on the property.
The cases were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Northwest
Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, which includes The Winchester Police
Department, Frederick County Sheriff's Department, Clarke County Sheriff's
Department, Warren County Sheriff's Department, Town of Front Royal Police
Department, Shenandoah County Sheriff's Department, the Page County
Sheriff's Department, and the Virginia State Police. The St. Lucie County,
Florida Sheriff's Department's Special Investigations Unit, and the Ft.
Pierce, Florida Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit and Gang Analyst
also assisted in the case. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Mott
will prosecute the cases.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The
defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government
to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Phone: (540) 857-2974
FAX: (540) 857-2179
SOURCE United States Attorney's Office, Western District Of Virginia