28 People Indicted in Virginia on Cocaine Charges After Year-Long Investigation Into Drug Activity on the 'Block'

    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
 associates.
     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
 Winchester area.
     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
 cocaine.
     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
 base.
     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.
     Heidi Coy
     Phone: (540) 857-2974
     FAX: (540) 857-2179
 
 

SOURCE United States Attorney's Office, Western District Of Virginia

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