Prosecutors say the defendants used a juvenile and three apartments within the Perry Projects. Police executed 11 search warrants and arrested Tyshawn Bradley, 27, and Nannette Brown, 44, both of Cheektowaga, N.Y., Darnell Brown, a/k/a D, 28, Dallas McLamore, a/k/a Ice, a/k/a Dal, 28, Eric Ross, 23, Brandon Atkins, a/k/a YB, 26, Tashawn Gay, 22, Melvin Tucker, a/k/a Hoff, 23, David Varner, 54, Latifah Donaldson, a/k/a LaLa, 21, Tara Robinson, a/k/a Coek, 23 and Phayon Redmond, a/k/a Booper, 27, all of Buffalo. They're charged with conspiracy to traffic 280 grams or more of cocaine base and 500 grams or more of cocaine.
United States Attorney Hochul stated, “Children and grandmothers living in the Perry apartments - or any public housing project - are entitled to live as safe and secure as every other American.” Hochul continued, “For too long, those who call this area home were subjected to the danger and destruction of drug traffickers. Criminals should know we mean business, while residents and companies alike should know the area is now safe for business, school and play.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the Perry Projects case, stated that the investigation focused on the drug trafficking activities of Tyshawn Bradley, Darnell Brown, Dallas McLamore and their associates. According to the indictment, Bradley, Brown, McLamore and Eric Ross operated a cocaine base and cocaine distribution organization on a daily basis out of several apartments within the Perry Housing Projects, including apartments within the high-rise towers located at 124 Fulton Street and 305 Perry Street. The organization also utilized a person under the age of 18 to distribute cocaine base to customers on the grounds of the public housing facility. Law enforcement utilized court-ordered wire interceptions, undercover drug purchases, covert cameras and traditional police investigative techniques to infiltrate and dismantle this organization.
Three people have also been indicted on charges of distributing cocaine base in the Fruit Belt area of Buffalo. The Fruit Belt area indictments charge narcotics trafficking in the area of the new Medical Campus. Charges have been filed against Dimone Thomas, a/k/a Pony, 26, Shariff Johnson, a/k/a Ahmad Johnson, 33 and Rudell Jackson, a/k/a Rudy, 24 with distributing cocaine base in the Fruit Belt area of Buffalo. The Jackson charges carry a mandatory minimum five years to forty years imprisonment, a fine of $5,000,000, or both, while the Thomas and Johnson charges carry up to 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, or both.