Fifteen Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Narcotics Trafficking in and Around Westchester County
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and George N. Longworth, the Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, on behalf of the Westchester County Northern Narcotics Initiative, announced the unsealing of an Indictment charging 15 defendants with conspiring to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, and powder cocaine in and around Westchester County from at least in or about January 2014 up to and including in or about January 2015.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Bharara stated: “Illegal, damaging drugs such as heroin, crack and cocaine continue to be scourges of many communities north of New York City. We and our federal and local law enforcement partners are determined to prevent drug organizations from taking root in our communities, as evidenced by today’s charges and arrests.”
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Venizelos stated: “With the scourge of drugs often comes addiction and violence that can cripple a community. We will continue to dismantle the infrastructure for distributing heroin and cocaine, wherever we find it.”
Commissioner Longworth stated: “I am grateful to the FBI and the local chiefs of police who committed resources and personnel to this year-long, multi-agency investigation. I would also like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Westchester District Attorney’s Office for partnering with us to combat the scourge of heroin in our communities.”
According to allegations in the Indictment unsealed today in White Plains federal court:
The Indictment charges 15 defendants and contains three counts. Count One charges LAKUAN RHYNE, a/k/a “Rico,” 22, JESSE DABBS, 24, DAIVON PRYOR, 19, JONATHAN THORNTON, a/k/a “Staxx,” 29, JOHNSON VANIYAPURAKAL, 26, and ALLEN WRIGHT, 24, with conspiring to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, one kilogram or more of heroin in and around Westchester County, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1), and 841(b)(1)(A).
Count Two charges RHYNE, DABBS, MICHAEL DOUSE, 38, MICHAEL GRAY, 48, ANGELO HARRIS, 34, KEVIN HERBIN, 23, KEVIN MALLORY, 43, ROBERT MILLER, 35, DWAYNE MOUNTAIN, 27, and THORNTON with conspiring to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, 280 grams or more of crack cocaine in and around Westchester County, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1), and 841(b)(1)(A).
Count Three charges RHYNE, DABBS, CURTIS DIMMIE, 47, DOUSE, GRAY, MICHAEL HARRINGTON, 34, MALLORY, MILLER, THORNTON, and VANIYAPURAKAL with conspiring to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine in and around Westchester County, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1), and 841(b)(1)(B).
The charges against each defendant and the corresponding maximum potential penalties are outlined in the chart attached to this press release.
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Twelve of the 15 defendants charged in the Indictment unsealed today were arrested today or had previously been taken into custody. Those defendants were presented in White Plains federal court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy. RHYNE was previously taken into custody by Arkansas state authorities, and will be presented in White Plains federal court on a future date.
Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI, the Westchester County Northern Narcotics Initiative, comprised of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety and the police departments of Peekskill, Croton-on-Hudson, Buchanan, Bedford, Yorktown, Mount Kisco, and Ossining, as well as the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. He also thanked the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office for its participation.
The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys George Turner and Michael Gerber are in charge of the prosecution. Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Graham is responsible for the forfeiture aspects of the case.
The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.