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27 arrests in criminal organization "round up" in Baton Rouge Area

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana State Police report 27 arrests in an early morning round-up operation in to the "Big Money Block Boyz" crime organization.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, and the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshal's Office, and Administration of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms conducted an early morning "Round-Up" operation that netted 27 arrests. The arrests stem from 28 indictments that were handed down last night by a 19th Judicial District Court Grand Jury. The indictments are associated with the nearly 12 month long multi-agency investigation involving members and associates of the "Big Money Block Boyz" criminal group.

The "Big Money Block Boyz" are a criminal organization based out of the Gardere area. The indictment covers activity from 2007-2014, including murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, burglary, and narcotics trafficking. As alleged in the indictment, the group is not only responsible for a large amount of narcotics trafficking, but is also responsible for several shootings and other acts of violence not only in the Gardere area, but throughout the parish. The individuals included in this indictment represent involvement at all levels of the organization, from the leadership to the enforcers to the street level dealers.

The following suspects have been arrested as a result of the operation:

1.Charlene Bess (B/F age 54)
•Racketeering
•Racketeering conspiracy
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute alprazolam
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute oxycodone
•Conspiracy to distribute alprazolam

2.Joshua Bess (B/M age 22)
•Racketeering
•Racketeering conspiracy
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute alprazolam
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute oxycodone
•Conspiracy to distribute alprazolam

3.Hope Brown (W/F age 29)
•Possession of oxycodone

4.Michael Ryals (W/M age 26)
•Possession of oxycodone

5.Danieshia Curtis (B/F age 20)
•Distribution of oxycodone

6.Jacob Bess (B/M age 28)
•Racketeering
•Racketeering conspiracy
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute alprazolam
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute oxycodone
•Conspiracy to distribute alprazolam

7.Davontay Ricks (B/M age 23)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit Racketeering
•Distribution of marijuana
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Distribution of cocaine
•Distribution of Promethlyzine with Codeine
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
•Conspiracy to distribute Promethlyzine with Codeine
•Attempted Murder

8.Cosme Contini (W/M age 31)
•Possession of hydrocodone
•Possession of oxycodone

9.Nathaniel Turner (B/M age 27)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering
•Introducing contraband into a penal institution
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana

10.Marcus Carter (B/M age 27)
•Possession with intent to distribute cocaine
•Possession with intent to distribute marijuana

11.Timothy Prater (B/M age 18)
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering
•Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
•Possession with intent to distribute cocaine
•Possession of a weapon with controlled dangerous substance

12.Eric Robertson (B/M age 21)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering
•Possession of a weapon with controlled dangerous substance
•Felon in possession of a firearm

13.Candice Wilson (B/F age 21)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit Racketeering
•Distribution of marijuana
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Distribution of cocaine
•Distribution of Promethlyzine with Codeine
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute Promethlyzine with Codeine
•Attempted Murder

14.Tracy Sanchez (B/F age 24)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit Racketeering
•Distribution of marijuana
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Distribution of cocaine
•Distribution of Promethlyzine with Codeine
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute Promethlyzine with Codeine
•Attempted Murder

15.Marq Woodruff (B/M age 24)
•Illegal possession of stolen firearms
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering

16.Dyreal Daniels (B/M age 18)
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering

17.Quinnton Walker (B/M age 20)
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering

18.Neisha Washington (B/F age 40)
•Distribution and possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone

19.Darious Olelakan (B/M age 20)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering

20.Rasheedah Beloney (B/F age 27)
•Accessory after the fact to Attempted 2nd Murder
•Obstruction of Justice

21.Ashley Triangle (W/F age 34)
•Possession with intent to distribute cocaine
•Possession with intent to distribute marijuana

22.Christopher Finister (B/M age 27)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering
•Distribution of marijuana
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Distribution of cocaine
•Distribution of promethlyzine with codeine
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
•Conspiracy to distribute promethlyzine with codeine

23.Dax Carter (B/M age 38)
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Distribution of marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana

24.Demarcus Smith (B/M age 23)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering
•Distribution of marijuana
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Distribution of cocaine
•Distribution of promethlyzine with codeine
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
•Conspiracy to distribute promethlyzine with codeine
•Possession of a weapon with controlled dangerous substance

25.Lachoy Slan (B/F age 43)
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone

26.John Goza (B/M age 27)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering
•Distribution of marijuana
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Distribution of cocaine
•Distribution of promethlyzine with codeine
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
•Conspiracy to distribute promethlyzine with codeine
•Attempted Murder
•Felon in possession of a firearm

27.Kydris Womack (B/M age 26)
•Racketeering
•Conspiracy to commit racketeering
•Distribution of marijuana
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Distribution of cocaine
•Distribution of promethlyzine with codeine
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
•Conspiracy to distribute promethlyzine with codeine
•Possession of a weapon with controlled dangerous substance


 The following suspect has been indicted on the following charges and is currently WANTED:

1.Donnar Willis Jr. (B/M age 21)
•Racketeering
•Distribution of marijuana
•Distribution of hydrocodone
•Distribution of cocaine
•Distribution of promethlyzine with codeine
•Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
•Conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone
•Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
•Attempted Murder


 Background
 In April 2013, suspected members of various violent groups, including the "Big Money Block Boyz," were given a warning to take back to their members and associates. Community leaders gave participants three options: (1) Seek BRAVE's assistance to leave group violence behind, (2) leave group violence behind without BRAVE's assistance, or (3) continue in violent activities and face the most serious of law enforcement actions.

After failing to heed the warning of Community leaders and Law Enforcement, The Louisiana State Police, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, and the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office began a lengthy multi-agency investigation into criminal activity involving the "Big Money Block Boyz."

On February 7th, 2014, six separate search warrants were executed simultaneously resulting in seven arrests. In addition to the six arrests, police confiscated eight pounds of Marijuana, more than a half pound of Cocaine, two Marijuana cigarettes, 13 firearms, six 30 round magazines, more than 100 rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest. The intense investigation continued and last night a Grand Jury handed down the indictments.

"The efforts of all the investigators should demonstrate to the public that law enforcement partnerships are leading the way in making our communities safer. This multi-agency investigation should be an indication of the future," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "Partnerships are now the norm in law enforcement. It is what the public expects and demands of us as we work to dismantle criminal organizations in Louisiana."

"Members of the Big Money Block Boyz, including some who were arrested today, were present at the April, 2013 call in," said District Attorney Hillar Moore. "At the call in we told each group that the violence must stop, and the next person to commit a homicide would make his entire group a target. The Big Money Block Boyz did not listen to our message, and today we are fulfilling the promise we made to them and the entire parish of East Baton Rouge."

"We are not playing around…we mean what we said and we are going to live up to those promises. It's really about people getting their issues resolved. If you don't live up to your part of the program, you will be arrested. All law enforcement agencies in the Baton Rouge area are committed to this project and are working together to stop the senseless violence that has become too common in our city," said Baton Rouge Police Chi Puef Carl Dabadie.

"I think that we are sending a clear message to the community and especially to criminals," East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "We mean business. These are not just words, we are following with action. Those that choose not to get with the program, will face the consequences."

Through these partnerships, law enforcement agencies across the state will continue to investigate criminal activity and exhaust all means necessary. The Violent Crimes Unit involving all these agencies stands proudly together to continue to bring to justice those who commit criminal acts and choose to be adversaries to the well-being of our communities.

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