DEA announces 20 arrests in operation targeting violent Dallas drug gang – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


The DEA says 20 people were arrested in Dallas on Tuesday in a large-scale operation targeting violent drug gangs in the Hamilton Park neighborhood.

Dallas DEA Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez said Wednesday morning the arrests were the culmination of a 15-month investigation known as Operation Shut Down Corner that targeted Hamilton Park. Posse, a highly organized drug gang known for violence, intimidation, and feeding the streets with drugs for far too long.

“As the layers of this investigation began to come to light, we identified a highly organized polydrug distribution organization supplying our streets with cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and deadly counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl. “said the DEA special agent. manager Eduardo Chavez. “The Hamilton Park neighborhood of Dallas has already been described to me as a ‘forgotten neighborhood’. That stops now.

The DEA said “16 people have been charged in two indictments alleging a variety of crimes, including conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, maintaining premises related to drugs, the use of cell phones to facilitate the distribution of controlled substances, and the possession of firearms in the prosecution of drug trafficking offences.”

A total of 20 people were taken into custody; one person remains wanted as part of the investigation, Chávez said. Those billed include:

• Randall Hoskins, aka “Rambo”, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Demetric Watson, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Rosie Bush, alias “Shanta”, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Kemerra Gilbert, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Jerome Brown, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Jimmy Reedy, alias “UM-8033”, charged with illegal use of a means of communication.
• Quientin Titus, alias “QT” or “Quick Trip”, charged with maintaining drug premises and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Devonte Thursby, alias “Wook”, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and unlawful use of a means of communication.
• Jerome Miller, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Brian Williams, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm in pursuit of a crime of trafficking drug.
• Staecey Logan, charged with two counts of unlawful use of a means of communication.
• Kimmy Blanton (fugitive), charged with illegal use of a means of communication.
• Tamara Cashaw, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and unlawful use of a means of communication.
• Damone Dixon, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Michael Gipson, aka “Grip”, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Bridney Fannin, accused of illegal use of a means of communication.
• Reginald Lamar Denson, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
• Jahmear Chance Jackson, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
• Addison Cole, aka “Addy” or “Scat Back”, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
• Sergei Gharpetian, charged with conspiracy to launder money.
• Tigran Mkrtchyan, charged with conspiracy to launder money.

If convicted, some defendants face maximum sentences of up to 40 years in federal prison.


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Evidence seized during the DEA’s Operation Shutdown Corner, an investigation targeting a violent drug gang in the Hamilton Park neighborhood, January 26, 2022.

Investigators said many of those arrested had long criminal histories and had faced charges in the past, including aggravated assault, battery, robbery, theft, forgery, drug possession, weapons possession and terrorist threats.

During Tuesday’s arrests, Chávez said 220 pounds of illegal drugs were seized, including methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and deadly counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl.

In addition to drugs, Chávez said 37 weapons were seized along with $420,000 in cash, cars and jewelry.

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Dallas DEA Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez, center, speaks about Operation Shutdown Corner, targeting a violent drug gang in the Hamilton Park neighborhood, January 26, 2022.

Chávez said additional operations related to the Dallas investigation were undertaken in Oklahoma City, Los Angeles and Bakersfield, California.

The DEA said Operation Shut Down Corner involved more than 150 agents and officers from the North Texas OCEDTF Strike Force.

A copy of the press conference will be available in this story on Wednesday afternoon.

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