Animal Rights Advocate Convicted of Cockfighting


Claimed He Wanted to Stop Sport But Actually had Full Cockfighting Facility 

NEW YORK- A supposed animal rights activist who claimed he was working to stop cockfighting was in fact running a cock fighting enterprise.


Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that THOMAS CARRANO was convicted by a unanimous Manhattan jury of conspiring to possess, sell, and transport roosters for purposes of participation in animal fights around the United States. The defendant was convicted after a five day trial before the Honorable Sidney H. Stein.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Thomas Carrano, the leader of an association that claimed to ‘not promote cockfighting in any way,’ was convicted of that very thing. Carrano cared not a whit for the welfare of the roosters he raised, sold, and transported for participation in the cruel and inhumane ‘sport’ of cockfighting. Thanks to the ASPCA and our law enforcement counterparts, justice has come home to roost for Thomas Carrano.”
The evidence at trial showed, among other things, the following:
Cockfighting is an activity in which two roosters are put forward to fight one another for sport and entertainment.

The roosters typically have metal spurs, known as gaffs, or plastic spurs, known as “postiza,” affixed to their legs for use in the fight.

The fights between roosters are ended when one rooster is dead or refuses to continue to fight.  If not killed during the fight, the losing rooster is typically killed afterwards.

Roosters involved in cockfighting will often be mutilated in preparation for fights, typically by cutting off the rooster’s comb and wattle and shaping the rooster’s spur. 

From January 2012 up June 2017, THOMAS CARRANO, a member and former president of the New York chapter of the United Gamefowl Breeders Association (“NYUGBA”), conspired with others – including a co-conspirator in the Bronx, New York – to buy, sell, transport, and receive roosters for cockfighting and to buy, sell, and transport cockfighting weapons.

CARRANO used two social media accounts – one in his own name, and one in NYUGBA’s name – to communicate with co-conspirators, including members of NYUGBA and others who were located in the Southern District of New York.

The NYUGBA claimed to be devoted solely to breeding rare gamefowl for poultry shows.  Yet in messages sent through these social media accounts, CARRANO discussed breeding and training roosters for cockfighting, the sale and purchase of gaffs and postizas for cockfighting, and CARRANO’s personal participation in cockfighting.

On May 23, 2017, law enforcement personnel executed a search warrant at CARRANO’s gamefowl farm in Ontario, New York.

During the search, law enforcement officers discovered, among other things, gaffs, postizas, shears for dubbing roosters, a rooster sparring dummy, a specialized ladder used to train fighting roosters, cockfighting supplements, and videos of roosters being trained for cockfights.

In addition, law enforcement officers recovered approximately 104 chickens, including 19 adult roosters and 12 adolescent roosters, many of which had their natural spurs, combs, wattles, and/or earlobes removed.

CARRANO, 44, of Ontario, New York, is convicted of one count of conspiring to sell, possess, and transport animals for purposes of participating in an animal fight, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, and the New York City Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigations Squad, and thanked them for their ongoing support and assistance with the case.  Mr. Berman also thanked the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case. 

The prosecution of this case is being overseen by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alison G. Moe and Michael C. McGinnis are in charge of the case.


Cops ID Machete Wielding Attackers who Killed Teen


Release Photos of Suspects, They Say, Stabbed a 15-Year-old in the Neck 

NEW YORK- Police have released photos of a group of men, they say, fatally stabbed a 15-year-old in the neck with a machete. One of the suspects is seen on video wielding a large knife. 

Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed in the neck with a machete after getting into a dispute with a group of young men in front of 526 East 183rd Street. 

After being stabbed the teen ran to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital but collapsed on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead a short time later. 
 

According to published reports, Guzman-Feliz told relatives that he was heading to the bodega a block from his home to repay a friend $5. It is unknown what led to the fatal dispute. 

Police pulled the video surveillance footage from inside the bodega which shows the suspects. And the exterior video shows a man dressed in red wielding what looks like a large knife. 

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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Gunpoint Robbers Prey on Bronx Parks


Don’t Have Ca$h? Go Get It!

NEW YORK- Police are looking for a pair of gunmen who stuck up multiple victims in and around parks throughout the Bronx.



The gunmen struck both in Bronx Park and French Charley Playground at least three times in each park throughout the month of May.

Investigators said the gunmen hit eight different times. In each case they run up from behind the victim, display a handgun and demand cash and the victim’s cell phone.

In two cases the victim did not have enough cash on them and was forced to get it.

On May 21, a 22-year-old man was approached at gunpoint by the robbers. When he stated he did not have enough cash, the gunmen followed him to the victim’s home where he retrieved $100 in cash. 

On May 28, a 25-year-old man was robbed at French Charley Playground. When he did not have enough cash to satisfy the robbers, they forced him to use an ATM at a nearby deli. When the 25-year-old could not retrieve cash from the ATM, one of the robbers smashed him in the face before fleeing.

Cops say they nabbed one of the gunmen and are looking for his partners in crime. Demitri Campbell, 17, was arrested and charged in connection with the multiple armed robberies and assaults.

It does not appear that Campbell is cooperating with investigators. Cops issued the following vague description of the other gunmen: two African-American males between the ages of 17 and 25. They are both described as 6 feet tall with skinny builds.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.























FATHER’S DAY ANARCHY

6 Injured in Night of Violence in Bronx

By David Greene

NEW YORK- At least three people were stabbed and three others were struck over the head with objects in a night of violence-- unprecedented even in the ruff-and-tumble neighborhood of West Farms.

According to one police source, the night of mayhem began at 8:22 p.m., on Sunday, June 16, when police were called to 1968 Daily Avenue.

Officers shutdown Daily Avenue, between East Tremont Avenue and East 178 Street with crime scene tape as detectives interviewed witnesses and collected evidence from the street.

The official stated, "There was a large dispute between multiple groups. As the individuals fled, five victims remained on the scene and all victims (were) transported to St. Barnabas Hospital."

Police say one male was stabbed in the neck, a second male was slashed on the face and three other males were struck on the head with "blunt instruments."

Police have not announced an arrest, but one source close to the investigation reported that at least one suspect had been identified. Police officials could not immediately say if the incident was gang related.

Despite the already heavy police presence in the area, at 10:50 p.m., police were called to 2012 Boston Road, where police report a still-unidentified 24 year-old woman was slashed multiple times across the face and body. The condition of the victim was not immediately known.

Police say that Tachiana Dancey, a 21- year-old female who resides on East 178 Street, was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Detectives continue to search for leads in the still-unsolved murder of Cindy Diaz, 48, a mother of three kids who was shot to death after coming out of a McDonald's on Boston Road back on January 6, 2017.

Meanwhile, the NYPD announced this past week that nearly 300 officers assigned to administration duties have left their desks jobs and are already patrolling the streets as part of the NYPD's "Summer All Out" initiative. A program designed to combat rising crime trends and gangs during the summer moths in problem-plagued areas.

Police officials have so far only announced that a Mott Haven precinct and a Public Service Area, which covers public housing complexes, will be getting the additional officers who will be on foot patrol until Labor Day.   

Shoplifter Tried to Torch Guard with Hair Spray


By Dan Gesslein

NEW YORK- A hair raising attack in the Bronx almost ended in tragedy as a shop lifter tried to set a security guard on fire. 


Police identified the suspect, they say, tried to light a can of hair spray to act as a blow torch to set a security guard on fire inside a busy clothing store on a packed commercial street.

The bizare incident started at around 6 pm on April 28, when the suspect tried to leave Hot Point Clothing Boutique, located at 340 East Fordham Road. Apparently the woman had triggered the security alarm indicating that she had an item with an electronic tag.  

When the woman refused to stop, the store’s security guard tried to stop her. The two scuffled and the woman managed to break free and flee along Fordham Road. 

Then things took a turn for the truly bizarre. Cops say the woman returned to the store and sprayed the guard in the face with an aerosol can of hair spray. She then allegedly tried to burn the man’s face as she attempted to light a stream of the hair spray on fire. 

The guard got away unharmed and the would be arsonist fled without further incident in an unknown direction.

During the course of the investigation police identified Charae Morgan, 27, as the prime suspect. They released a photo of the suspect.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.



Breaking Bad Bronx Wannabees Responsible for Overdoses Stamped Drugs



NEW YORK- Walter White these guys were not. A Bronx drug crew’s insistence on stamping their products with designer names allowed cops and feds to trace the fatal overdoses back to them. 



Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that MAURICE HARTLEY, a/k/a “Bugz,” REGINALD SANDERS, a/k/a “Black,” HECTOR SANCHEZ, a/k/a “Jabee,” AARON CARTER, a/k/a “Cream,” RONALD BEASLEY, a/k/a “Nuke,” JONATHAN SANCHEZ, a/k/a “Nash,” TYVANN BARNETT, a/k/a “Ty,” JAVIER BENITEZ, a/k/a “Javi,” ALEJANDRO RODRIGUEZ, a/k/a “Lex,” GREGORY CARTER, a/k/a “Fat Boy,” RAY SANCHEZ, FREDDIE TORRES, a/k/a “Kiko,” EDWARD DAVIES, a/k/a “Yum Yum,” LOUIS BROWN, a/k/a “Tut,” CHRISTOPHER SIMON, JOHNNY INGRAM, MARIE PALUMBO, and TIA JASPER have been charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl.  Seventeen defendants were arrested and were presented before United States Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger in Manhattan federal court this afternoon. 

BENITEZ was in custody on state charges and has been transferred to federal custody.  The case has been assigned to United States District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged, these defendants operated a network for the distribution of highly addictive and dangerous drugs.  Even after they realized the potency of the drugs they were distributing and selling – and the overdose risk those drugs posed – the defendants allegedly continued to sell their poison and to fuel the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation.  Today’s arrests are part of our continued commitment, along with our law enforcement partners, to stop the flow of heroin and fentanyl onto the streets of New York City.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “The drugs these suspects were allegedly selling are killing people. The harsh reality is the sellers and pushers are purposefully lacing heroin with a deadly mix of fentanyl to create a more powerful, and deadly high.

“The FBI Metro Safe Streets Task Force and our law enforcement partners are out day after day doing all we can to stop these criminals from causing more death in our communities. We won’t stop until we round up every last one of them.”

NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said: “Law enforcement can help end the scourge of overdose deaths related to illegal narcotics in New York City by relentlessly pursuing the individuals and groups responsible for distributing them on our streets. Today’s charges show how effective the NYPD-federal partnership is in sharing the responsibility for public safety.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint and Indictment, and statements made in Court:
The defendants were members of a drug trafficking organization (the “DTO”) that operated in the Bronx, New York, and controlled heroin sales between 182nd Street and 184th Street, primarily between Jerome Avenue and University Avenue (“the “DTO’s Drug Territory”).  As a means of marketing its heroin, and to ensure that the only heroin sold in the DTO’s Drug Territory belonged to the DTO, the DTO placed “stamps” on the glassines of heroin and fentanyl that it sold to customers.  Among the stamps the DTO used were “Heisenberg,” “Sleepless,” “Peace of Mind,” “Obsession,” “Fist with a Power Cord,” “Sold Out,” “Methadone,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Hands Up.”  

From 2015 to June 2018, the DTO is estimated to have distributed more than 100 kilograms of heroin, much of it mixed with fentanyl.
Glassines marked with the DTO’s stamps were recovered at the scene of at least five suspected overdose deaths in and around the DTO’s Drug Territory.  

First, on September 11, 2017, an individual died of a suspected heroin overdose near the DTO’s Drug Territory, and a glassine marked with the stamp “Obsession” was recovered at the scene of the overdose death.  

Second, on September 18, 2017, an individual died of a suspected heroin overdose near the DTO’s Drug Territory, and a glassine marked with the stamp “Fist with a Power Cord” was recovered at the scene of the overdose death.  
Finally, between December 12, 2017, and on January 2, 2018, three different individuals died of suspected heroin overdoses in a building within the DTO’s Drug Territory. Glassines marked with the stamp “Hands Up” were recovered at the scene of each of these three deaths.  

Each time one of the DTO’s stamps was recovered at the scene of an overdose death, the DTO stopped using that stamp, and started using different stamps on the glassines of heroin and fentanyl that it distributed.
On June 5, 2018, law enforcement agents executed search warrants at several locations in the Bronx, New York, that were used by the DTO, and recovered, among other things, approximately three kilograms of heroin, approximately $300,000 in cash, and a loaded firearm.
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HARTLEY, 35, SANDERS, 37, HECTOR SANCHEZ, 29, AARON CARTER, 40, BEASLEY, 36, JONATHAN SANCHEZ, 30, BARNETT, 21, BENITEZ, 29, RODRIGUEZ, 47, GREGORY CARTER, 35, RAY SANCHEZ, 30, TORRES, 36, DAVIES, 58, BROWN, 62, SIMON, 59, INGRAM, 55, and JASPER, 36, each of the Bronx, New York, and PALUMBO, 36, of Elizaville, New York, are each charged with one count of conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.  

The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.  
Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI and NYPD, and thanked the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office for its assistance.
The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Narcotics Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael K. Krouse, Stephanie Lake, and Robert B. Sobelman are in charge of the prosecution. 

The charges contained in the Complaint and Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
  

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