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Arrests Made In Major Manassas Drug, Gun Trafficking Bust

6:41 PM, Jan 20, 2011   |    comments
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MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) -- A two-year long investigation led to a major drug and gun trafficking bust in Manassas.

Thirty-six people were arrested in all but twenty-five people of those people face federal charges.

Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agents handed out eight indictments Thursday to 25 suspects arrested in the bust. Officials said the suspects supplied mid-level drug dealers and street-level drug dealers crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and heroin. The 25 are also accused of giving gun-runners weapons to sell.

"This has nothing to do with the rights of individuals because all these suspects cannot possess weapons, because they're career criminals.  They're narcotics traffickers, they're gang members, they're stick-up men.  And that's what we focus on.  Ninety-five percent of everyone in this case is a repeat offender," said Rich Marianos, the Acting Special Agent In Charge.

"The violence and drugs around here is awful.  You got young kids around here that are easily influenced.  With that off the streets, hopefully the kids can't get it.  And hopefully one say it'll be peaceful around here and cleaned up," said Susie Carter, a resident of a Manassas neighborhood where several arrests happened.  

"During the course of the investigation, law enforcement engaged in 215 controlled buys of drugs and firearms, which prior to the arrests resulted in seizures of 85 firearms, 500 grams of crack cocaine and two kilograms of powder cocaine. The approximate total street value of illegal narcotics purchased or seized during the scope of this investigation approaches $1.1 million," federal officials said in a news release.

The agencies involved with the case are ATF, Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, Prince William County Police Department, Manassas City Police Department, Manassas Park Police Department, Fairfax County Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service.

According to the news release:

Those charged federally today include:

Paul Quincy Roberts, a/k/a "P" or "Diddy," 38, of Manassas, Va., is alleged to be one of the leaders of a large crack cocaine operation in Manassas and is charged with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and four counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

Anthony Roberts, a/k/a "Noochie," 22, of Manassas, Va., is alleged to sell crack cocaine for and at the direction of Paul Roberts and is charged with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

David Oneill Johnson, a/k/a "Jap," 52, of Manassas, Va., is alleged to assist Paul Roberts in the day-to-day running of his crack cocaine operation and is charged with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and one count of distribution of crack cocaine.

Brady Baxter Scott, a/k/a "Supa Shug," 36, of Manassas, Va., is alleged to receive crack cocaine from Paul Roberts and sells to customers in the Irongate area of Manassas. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and one count of distribution of crack cocaine.

Albert Arthur Timbers, a/k/a "Ceed" or "Johnny," 44, of Manassas, Va., is allegedly part of the Paul Roberts trafficking organization and is charged with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and one count of distribution of crack cocaine.

Ondray Dyral Jackson, a/k/a "Belly," 31, Manassas, Va., is allegedly part of the Paul Roberts trafficking organization and is charged with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and one count of distribution of crack cocaine.

Chakiya Elise Hill, a/k/a "Shay," 28, of Manassas, Va., is allegedly part of the Paul Roberts trafficking organization and is charged with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Dale Christopher Caison, 20, of Manassas, Va., is charged with illegally possessing a revolver after previously being convicted of a felony.

Lamont Macon, a/k/a "Mini," 37, of Manassas, Va., and Rochella Payne, a/k/a "Baldy," 32, of Manassas City, Va., are charged with conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. Court documents also allege that the pair distributed heroin to individuals working with law enforcement on multiple occasions.

Dwight Cunigan, 31, of Stafford, Va., is charged with illegally possessing a handgun after previously being convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Richard Reed, 28, of Manassas, Va., is charged with selling firearms to someone he knows to be a convicted felon.

Cortez Alexander DeBoise, a/k/a "Screw," 29, of Manassas, Va., and Laura Rice, 20, of Manassas, Va., are charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Court documents allege that DeBoise met with undercover agents on multiple occasions to sell cocaine and firearms. Rice allegedly assisted DeBoise, including bringing a semi-automatic pistol to a drug and firearm sale and acting as a conduit to DeBoise and his source of supply in New York.

Luciano Perez-Sorto, a/k/a "Arturo," "Joker" or "Lucky," 31, of Manassas, Va., is charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. According to court documents, Perez-Sorto frequently sold cocaine to multiple customers from November 2008 to January 2011.

Angel Ismart Amaya Guerrero, a/k/a "Paysito," 27, of Manassas, Va., is charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Amaya is accused in a criminal complaint of being the source of supply for Perez-Sorto and allegedly threatened a drug customer with a firearm during a transaction when the customer complained about the quality of the cocaine Amaya and Perez-Sorto were attempting to sell.

Norman Marshall, a/k/a "TJ," "Cooter" or "Stormin' Normin," 34, Manassas, Va., is charged with conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more or crack cocaine. Court documents allege that Marshall has been involved with crack cocaine distribution since the 1990s.

Larry Savage, a/k/a "Bones," 46, of Manassas, Va., and Terrill Grayson, a/k/a "Nuddy Brown," 37, of Manassas, Va., are charged with conspiring together to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine throughout Prince William County and one count each of distribution of crack cocaine.

Lucinda Willis, 60, of Manassas, Va., is charged with conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine from April 2009 to September 2010 throughout Prince William County.

Bruce Early Daszynski, 36, of Manassas, Va., is charged with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and cocaine from February through October 2010 in Prince William County.
Twenty-one of those charged were arrested in a coordinated law-enforcement action this morning and will make their initial appearances in federal court this afternoon. Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating four individuals who have been charged but remain fugitives:

Anthony Terrell, a/k/a "Worm," 26, of Manassas, Va., is charged with conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, including distributing crack on the premises of Dean Middle School.

William Gregory Ellis, a/k/a "Worm," 46, of Manassas, Va., is charged with illegally possessing a shotgun after previously being convicted of a felony.

Brandon Tibbs, 39, of Manassas, Va., is charged with conspiring with Savage and Grayson to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine throughout Prince William County and one count each of distribution of crack cocaine.

Clifford Lamont Washington, a/k/a "Wee," 36, of Alexandria, Va., is alleged to sell crack cocaine at the direction of Paul Roberts and also maintain his own customer base. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and one count of distribution of crack cocaine.

Anyone with information regarding these individuals is encouraged to call ATF's tip line at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or call the local police department. If you see these individuals, DO NOT APPROACH THEM. Write down a description and any vehicle information and contact police or ATF.

If convicted on the charges filed today, the defendants face the following penalties:

• Conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine: a maximum of 40 years in prison, though defendants may face enhanced maximum penalties if they have prior criminal records.

• Distribution of crack cocaine: a maximum of 20 years in prison.

• Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime: a maximum of life imprisonment.

• Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon: a maximum of 10 years on prison.

• Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence: a maximum of 10 years in prison.

• Selling a firearm to someone known to be a convicted felon: a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Written by Peggy Fox and Manny Fantis
9NEWS NOW and wusa9.com

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