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Seven indicted by Feds for drug trafficking in Queensbridge Houses

Dec. 7, 2016 Staff Report

The NYPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration has made a series of arrests following an in investigation into a drug trafficking operation based out of the Queensbridge Houses involving crack cocaine, oxycodone and fentanyl.

Seven people have been indicted by the US District Attorney’s office for drug trafficking in relation to the Queensbridge Houses operation. Three others have been indicted by the Queens District Attorney for selling cocaine.

Investigators were able to piece together the case after getting court-authorized wiretaps of two of the defendants’ phones that revealed that over a nine-month period the group distributed more than 280 grams of crack cocaine.

Three of the defendants–Edward Carrillo, 43, Johnnie Monroe, 46, and one other– were also responsible for the trafficking of more than 400 grams of fentanyl and large amounts of oxycodone, according to the authorities.

The fentanyl sold out of the Queensbridge Houses was responsible for the death of a young mother in West Virginia, according to authorities.

Despite the woman’s death, the defendants continued to sell the pills, with one stating that the deadly pills would “feed up the projects.”

“Today’s arrests are the latest example of the success that can be achieved through federal, state, and local law enforcement cooperation to combat violence and narcotics trafficking in our communities,” said United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert L. Capers.

“The defendants wantonly distributed large quantities of addictive narcotics into our communities, some of which proved deadly.  Even the death of a young mother did not stop their drug trafficking – but these arrests will.”

Carillo, Monroe, and one other defendant were also charged with an attempted armed robbery. They allegedly targeted someone traveling back to New York from West Virginia who they believed to be carrying more than $100,000 in drug money.

Though the individual never showed up, one defendant said they “would have taken him down” with their “biscuits” – a term the defendants used to refer to firearms.

The seven federally charged defendants were arraigned at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn Tuesday, and two of the state defendants were arraigned at the Queens County Supreme Court.

If convicted, the federal defendants face maximum sentences of life and defendants Carrillo, Monroe, and a co-conspirator face a minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment for distributing the fentanyl that resulted in a death. If convicted, the state defendants face up to nine years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney released the names of the six defendants currently in custody. The federal defendants are Monroe; Carrillo; Terrell Carmichael, 31; and Michael Young, 32.

The state defendants are Mohamed Saleh, 30; and Shamar Stallworth, 31. All named defendants are from Long Island City except for Monroe, who is from Brooklyn, and Carrillo, from in Manhattan.



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Anthony stabile

There is a lot of good people who live in the projects because thats what they can afford. I knew a woman in the 80s who came from a great family and ended up hooked on drugs and ended up being pimped out and street walking down there. Several of us triedto help here and ran into resistance from the dealers, but i would say 90% of the residents were very helpful, they just couldnt help for fear of repercussion. They were good people stuck there because they lacked the funds to get out. Dont be so quick to judge, hopefully this never happens to someone you know. But a lot of good people there


So? All you describe is an open sore in the neighborhood. Why tolerate its presence? Personally, I would support militarizing Queensbridge…let’s see how the dealers deal with the Army.

Civll Menace

What a shame that ignorant people wont see the forest before the trees. Arrest the high-rank sons of bitches who are producing the drugs and distributing it to the lower-rank guys to sell. Can anyone do that? Gahhh, they just keep blaming the unemployed little guys for this screwed up economy that offers no sufficient employment to low-income and working-class people. For the love of God, where are the jobs? People cant afford food! People cant afford the rising costs of public transportation. Then the corrupt government puts out secret indictments to cover there asses when theryre the ones distributing the drugs to the drug-dealers in low-income communities, creating more criminals for their prison industry which is just another name for chattel slavery. Dont get so comfortable on your Titanic for its possible that your ship can sink as well.


Jason ,Shut up — You don’t pay for their housing. You should do research and see where your tax dollars actually go. You sound extremely ignorant..and they do not represent everyone who lives in Queensbridge.


I Just love it i work my ass off everyday and my hard working tax dollars pay for these losers housing!!!! What a great system!!!!!!!


They grew up to do bad, as in humans sheltered anywhere, making heartless decisions that harm others. Like slumlords. Housing doth not make the man/woman.
The statement abiove has been exposed as an approximation of that thinking that elects tondo harm with anti-social, and perhaps racist, blanket statements.


Not sure if there is a rule in the books or not but I think that there should be a 1 strike rule. You get arrested on any serious charge, no more help from tax payers.


It’s already like that. If you get a drug charge you can’t live in the projects. Most of the drug dealers stay in someone else’s apartment or live somewhere else and just hang out/ sell in the projects


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