Dozens arrested in New Rochelle, White Plains drug sweep
NEW ROCHELLE – A seven-month investigation into street-level drug activity in New Rochelle and White Plains resulted in a sweep Wednesday morning, bringing arrests in the operation to more than 80, officials said.
Additional arrests are expected in the two cities as more than 100 people were identified as suspects through surveillance and undercover buys.
Arrest warrants were obtained for 64 individuals in New Rochelle, with 50 of them taken into custody. There have been 33 arrests in White Plains since Nov. 19. Officials said 39 of the suspects have been indicted on felony drug charges carrying maximum sentences of 12 years in prison.
“It’s still a lucrative endeavor for people and that’s why it’s not stopping,” New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll said at a news conference at police headquarters.
The probe resulted from community complaints about drug dealing in several sections of the two cities. Most of the drug activity involved crack cocaine and heroin, but there were also arrests related to the sale of marijuana, hydrocodone, PCP, morphine and fentanyl, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office said.
Five handguns were recovered in New Rochelle along with an untallied amount of drugs and cash, but the probe has yet to uncover the source of the drugs or land any major arrests.
The operation, dubbed City Sweeper 2, was conducted by police from New Rochelle, White Plains and Westchester County, the District Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
New Rochelle Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller discusses Operation City Sweeper 2 Jonathan Bandler/The Journal News
Of the 64 identified targets in New Rochelle, 52 face third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to 12 years in prison for those with prior felony convictions and up to nine years for those without.
Among the accuse, a New Rochelle man, 60-year-old Keith Foy, aka “Pie,” is accused of making seven drug sales totaling 14 bags of cocaine between April and August.
Foy was among several arraigned Wednesday in New Rochelle, where his bail was set at $20,000. He is due back in court Dec. 9.
Included below are those arrested during a drug sweep in New Rochelle on Wednesday or those who are wanted on arrest warrants issued as part of Operation City Sweeper 2:
Joshua Lester, aka “Buster,” 22
Nathaniel Keitt, aka “Nate,” 59
Nicola Wilson, aka “Cola” or “Auntie,” 44
Leroy Brown, aka “Roy,” 64
Keith Foy, aka “Pie,” 60
Tyrone Foy, aka “Bon Bon,” 49
Jerry Augustine, aka “Juice,” 29
Gabriel Carrion, aka “Primo,” 22
George Pulliam, aka “Artifacts,” 60
Andre Francis, aka “Hut,” 38
Steven Thomas, aka “Monk,” 50
Richard Faulkner, 28
Andre Mann, 42
William Rutherford, aka “Eunique,” 53
Richard Carlos, 43
Tangamieka Hardy, aka “Ding Ding,” 40
Raymond Gilkes, aka “Fresh,” 28
Denise Jones, aka “Mooka,” 28
Salvador Orozco-Larios, 29
Jose Villeda Velasquez, 27
Jonathan Munoz, 25
George McLean, 62
Andrew Griffen, aka “Bangem,” 29
Christopher Mabry, aka “Ace,” 24
Larry Scott, 67
Thomas Sobers, 36
Elvin Diaz, aka “Pito,” 45
Dwayne Bowen, 28
Sandra Brown, 40
Michael Shelton, 38
Christopher Thomas, 43
Nancy Moreno, 50
Stephen Rapaglia, 23
This article appeared today in the Journal News
Nothing from September 19, 2020 to October 13, 2020.