MDB Gang Member Sentenced on Drug and Weapons Charges
ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Kevin Feliciano, a/k/a “Nash,” 20, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activities, was sentenced to 195 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci.
“As we’ve said in the past, this Office will not tolerate any group or gang attempting to hold residents hostage to their criminal activities,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “As this case demonstrates, punishment for federal crime is both certain and substantial once a conviction is obtained.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory, who is handling the case, stated that Feliciano was part of a violent, street level drug trafficking organization that referred to themselves as “M.D.B.” or “The Broezel Boys.” From 2010 until June 2013, members and associates of M.D.B. controlled the open air drug market in a multi block area near the intersection of Dewey and Lexington Avenues, including all of Broezel Street, the north end of Maryland Street, portions of Driving Park and portions of Lakeview Park, in Rochester. M.D.B. members and associates also maintained and operated several drug houses at locations in Rochester including the duplex residence at 325/327 Lexington Avenue, the upstairs apartment at 171 Maryland Street, the upstairs apartment at 316 Lakeview Park and 672 West Main Street, each for the purpose of possessing, manufacturing, distributing, and using controlled substances.
In his plea before the court, Felciano also admitted that he possessed firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities and that he used violence and threats of violence against unaffiliated persons who attempted to sell illegal controlled substances within their territory and against certain witnesses who were viewed as hostile to the interests of M.D.B.
Feliciano was arrested in June 2013 along with two other defendants.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge James S. Higgins, New York Field Office, the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Michael Ciminelli, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Jamie J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division.