Nine Men Arrested in Binghamton-Area Drug Investigation
BINGHAMTON, NY—Nine (9) Binghamton area men were arrested today on federal drug conspiracy charges following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), the New York State Police and the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. The charges filed in federal court allege that the nine (9) men were engaged in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine powder, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs as part of a drug trafficking organization known as “the Eddie Block Gang.” The criminal complaint alleges that the conspiracy operated from January 2014 to present.
The defendants are:
IZABIVONE L. HUGHES, aka “Zay” and “Baby Boy,” age 22, of Johnson City, New York; ANTHONY E. BOYD, JR., aka “Height,” age 24, of Endicott, New York; TERRILL S. COLLINS, aka “LI” and “Neva Curve,” age 23, of Binghamton, New York; JOHN P. ABBADESSA, age 21, of Binghamton, New York; JALON T. PARKER, aka “Flex” and “Slizzy” age 23, of Binghamton, New York; ANTHONY J. RANDOLPH, JR., aka “Bleach,” age 29, of Binghamton, New York; RASHAWN C. CAUTHEN, aka “Tego,” age 24, of Binghamton, New York; AALIM M. SHABAZZ, aka “Hash,” age 23, of Binghamton, New York; and THEODORE J. COOK, aka “Tato,” age 27, of Binghamton, New York.
If convicted of drug conspiracy, the defendants face maximum sentences of up to life imprisonment, minimum sentences of at least ten (10) years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release of at least five (5) years following imprisonment and a fine of up to $10 million.
Anthony J. Randolph, Jr., aka “Bleach” is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and faces a maximum sentence of up to ten (10) years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release of three (3) years following imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000.
The defendants were arraigned today in Binghamton, New York, before United States Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley-Dancks
The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case was investigated by The FBI, The New York State Police and the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force, which is comprised of officers and detectives of the City of Binghamton Police Department, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnson City Police Department and the Endicott Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miroslav Lovric.