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Friday, July 28, 2017

Cape Cod Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Heroin and Suboxone Trafficking



BOSTON – A member of the Nauti-Bloc gang was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in trafficking heroin and suboxone.

Tyrone Gomes, 31, of Hyannis, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 20 years in prison and eight years of supervised release. On April 5, 2017, Gomes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and conspiracy to distribute suboxone.

In October 2015, federal investigators determined that Gomes, Denzel Chisholm – the Nauti-Block leader, and other co-conspirators were responsible for a significant quantity of the heroin distributed on Cape Cod. Gomes received large quantities of heroin from Chisholm, which he sold to other drug dealers and individual users. On March 6, 2016, Chisholm arranged to sell Gomes 12 grams of heroin in exchange for cash and 10 suboxone strips. The suboxone was ultimately destined for Browning Mejia, an inmate at MCI-Norfolk and an associate of Chisholm. As a result of the investigation, agents were able to stop Gomes’ vehicle and recover 12 grams of heroin from Gomes.

In April 2016, 13 members and affiliates of the Nauti-Block gang were charged with federal drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

Both Gomes and Chisholm also face charges in Massachusetts state court related to the September 2015 murder of Christine Ferreira at a rest stop on Route 6 on Cape Cod.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe; and Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric S. Rosen and Miranda Hooker of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Theft of Firearms from Beyers Hardware Company



CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Beyers Hardware Company, a federal firearm licensee (FFL), in Elizabethtown, N.C.  ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000.

On June 17, 2017, around 11:10 a.m., unidentified suspects forcibly entered Beyers Hardware Company, located at 138 South Poplar Street, Elizabethtown, N.C.  The suspects stole multiple firearms during the burglary and fled the scene afterwards.  ATF and the Elizabethtown Police Department (EPD) are investigating this crime.    

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email ATFTips@atf.gov (link sends e-mail), or contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atf-tips. Tips may also be submitted to ATF through the ReportIt ® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com (link is external).  All calls and tips will be kept confidential.

ATF along with our law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe, and that those who commit violent crimes such as this are held accountable. The reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

“YGz” Gang Member Sentenced To 33 Years In Prison For Stomping Murder Of 16-Year-Old And Other Crimes



Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that WILLIAM BRACY, a/k/a “Rel,” was sentenced yesterday to a prison term of 396 months for his crimes as a member of the “Young Gunnaz” or “YGz” gang, including the April 16, 2012, murder of Moises Lora, a/k/a “Noah,” 16, during which BRACY and several other YGz gang members stomped Lora to death in a courtyard in the Melrose housing projects in the Bronx.  BRACY was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by United States District Judge Valerie E. Caproni, before whom he previously pled guilty.  For purposes of the sentencing, Judge Caproni found, following an evidentiary hearing held yesterday, that BRACY was one of the YGz members who kicked Lora while he lay on the pavement during the attack that resulted in Lora’s death.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “William Bracy and his fellow gang members stomped 90-pound, 16-year-old Moises Lora to death a few yards from a playground in a South Bronx housing complex. While we cannot bring Moises Lora back, we hope that his family finds justice, and a measure of solace, in today’s sentence. Together with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to aggressively prosecute all those who inflict this deadly violence on our communities.”

According to the charging and other documents filed in the case, as well as the evidence presented at BRACY’s presentencing hearing and statements made during BRACY’s guilty plea, sentencing proceedings, and other court proceedings in this case:

BRACY was a member of the Bronx-based street gang known as the YGz.  From at least 2005 to 2016, members and associates of the YGz enriched themselves by committing robberies and by selling drugs, such as crack cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, and committing acts of violence, including the murder of rival gang members, rival drug traffickers, and innocent bystanders.  As part of his involvement in the YGz gang, BRACY participated in numerous acts of violence, as well as crack cocaine distribution, in the South Bronx.

For example, as part of his involvement in the YGz gang, BRACY and several other YGz gang members murdered Moises Lora, a member of a rival gang, on April 16, 2012, in the South Bronx. On the date of the murder, a group of YGz members, including BRACY, got drunk, and began arguing among themselves about who had done the most violence for the YGz. This group of YGz members went to the territory of a rival gang in the Melrose housing projects to settle their dispute. Upon arriving at the Melrose projects, BRACY and other members of the YGz saw Lora and attacked him. During the attack, Lora’s skull was fractured in several places.  BRACY and the group left Lora to die. Following the stomping, BRACY and several of his confederates bragged to fellow YGz members about what they had done.

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BRACY, 23, of the Bronx, is the fourth defendant to be sentenced this year by Judge Caproni for participation in a YGz-related murder.  Judge Caproni sentenced BRACY’s co-defendant Anthony Scott, a/k/a “Tyson,” to 23 years in prison primarily for Scott’s role in shooting and killing Darrel Ledgister on June 27, 2009, in the South Bronx during an attempted robbery.  Judge Caproni sentenced BRACY’s co-defendant Paul Gilbert, a/k/a “2Fly Tay,” to more than 30 years in prison primarily for Gilbert’s role in the murder of Cody Dubose on September 27, 2014, near the Taft Houses in Manhattan during an attempted robbery.  Finally, Judge Caproni sentenced BRACY’s co-defendant Terrance Williams, a/k/a “TA,” to more than 33 years in prison primarily for Williams’s role in the murder of Curtis Smith on July 3, 2011, near the Jackson housing projects in the South Bronx.    

Mr. Kim praised the outstanding work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the New York City Police Department in the investigation of this case.  He also thanked the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office for their support in this case.

This case is being handled by this Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Samson Enzer, Gina M. Castellano, and Andrew C. Adams are in charge of the prosecution.