The Lenox Street area, located on Boston’s South End, was included on the Boston Police’s Regional Intelligence Center’s top 10 hot spots for violence in 2015. According to CBS Boston, there were 30 shootings and more than 75 reports of shots fired in the area, from March 2012 to June 2015. In reaction to this, Bean Town’s law enforcement launched an investigation. This probe has now resulted in indictments against 27 supposed gang members on drug and weapons charges, as well as criminal complaints against others.
Raids were executed on Thursday to round up alleged members of the Lenox Street Cardinals and other gangs doing their thing in and around the Lenox Street Housing Development. More than a dozen individuals have been charged with distributing controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a public housing project. Others face weapons charges. Ten out of the 19 federal defendants were arrested. CBS Boston reports:
Those charged include: Byron Alexander, aka “Shizz,” Dontane Bryant, aka “Tane,” Tyler Deloach, aka “Tek,” John Depina, aka “Dough”; Stephen Freeman, aka “Stizz,” Perry Hasberry, aka “Percy,” Rasean Hills, aka “Bleed,” Keron-Randall Lewis, aka “Talent,” Frank Melo, aka “Cuts,” Pablo Moreta, aka “Migo,” Anthony Nunez, aka “Dizzo,” Hassan Parham, aka “Hizzy,” James Richardson, aka “9-Ball,” Derek Roberts, aka “Keas,” Ellis Santos, aka “Slim Black,” and Anthony Williams, aka “Batz.”
Lawrence Bogarty, aka “LB,” and Daryl Tolbert, aka “Blaze” have also been charged with distributing a controlled substance.
George Deeble, aka “Smiley,” and Pablo Moresta, aka “Migo” have been charged with being felons in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Furthermore, criminal complaints were filed by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office against even more people:
Marquetta Matthews, Monique McFarlin, Spencer Oyeyemi and Danielle Stokes are charged with distributing cocaine; Hector Delvalle for distributing heroin; and Shomari Copeland for distributing methamphetamine.
Markus Perry and Steven Allen are facing charges of possession of a firearm, and possession and illegal sale of a firearm and ammunition, respectively.
The investigation is still underway.