LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United Sta…

LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, John F. Timoney, Chief, City of Miami Police Department, and Robert Parker, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announced the unsealing of twelve indictments charging twelve individuals in connection with their roles in a crack and powder cocaine distribution ring.

This multi-agency Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation had successfully dismantled a high volume crack and powder distribution ring operating in parks and neighborhoods in and around the Model City area of Miami in June 2006. The twelve individuals indicted on July 10, 2007 are additional members of the ring who had been recently identified.

The indictments charged defendants Kenya Brockington, 27, a/k/a “Soup,” Todd Chandler, 41, a/k/a “G,” “Gain” or “Shrek,” Frances Cherfils, 25, a/k/a “Little Zoe,” and “Willie Kid,” Timothy Edwards, 40, Rodin Frances, 35, a/k/a “Bali,” Timothy Griffin, 28, a/k/a “Stank,” Adia Hudson, 29, a/k/a “Twan,” Craig Miller, 42, a/k/a “Nassau,” Edison Scott, 51, a/k/a “Earl,” Larry Shannon, 27, John Thomas, 29, a/k/a “Junior,” and Floyd Walker, 29, a/k/a “Flip,” with conspiracy to possess crack and/or powder cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack and/or powder cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 841(a)(1). In addition to the above-defendants, also arrested on July 12, 2007 was defendant Steven Harris, 24, who was charged in a separate complaint with conspiracy to possess crack and/or powder cocaine and maintaining a place for the purpose of distributing a controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 856. If convicted, the defendants face possible sentences ranging from 20 years’ to life imprisonment. The defendants made their initial appearances in federal court on Friday, July 13, 2007.
United States Attorney Acosta stated, “These prosecutions result from the cooperative efforts between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our federal and local law enforcement partners to help reduce drug trafficking in our streets, and the resulting drug and gun-related violence. This operation would not have been possible without the support of the City of Miami Police Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the members of our Safe Streets Task Force. Together, we can begin to reclaim our streets and our communities.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Jonathan I. Solomon stated, “As citizens of South Florida, we all have a right to live in safe and drug free neighborhoods. These arrests are part of a continuing effort of the Safe Streets Task Force to rid our community of violent, drug dealing individuals. We commend all the participating agencies in the Safe Streets Task Force for their outstanding work on this case.”

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, Miami Police Department, and Miami-Dade Police Department for their work in this investigation. These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Susan Osborne and Aurora Fagan.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov

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