10 arrested after yearlong investigation into Staten Island gang accused of pushing heroin
STATEN ISLAND — Ten people have been arrested following a nearly yearlong investigation into alleged heroin trafficking, a shooting and weapons possession, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York announced in a news release Friday.
The arrests, made in Staten Island and New Jersey on Thursday, include two alleged ringleaders of a crew of street-level heroin drug dealers, as well as the gang’s accused supplier.
A wiretap investigation of the WB Savages, affiliated with the Bloods gang, began in August of last year and resulted in 28 sales of heroin to undercover officers, including more than 2,000 individual dose glassine envelopes of heroin with a street value of about $20,000, the news release stated.
Jahiek Chunn, 32, and Travis Johnson, 20, have been charged with allegedly overseeing the WB Savages — named for the West Brighton section of Staten Island, where their base was located.
The pair is accused of sharing a cellphone to take orders for heroin, which was sold in the area of the West Brighton Houses, a New York City Housing Authority residential complex, and elsewhere.
Several wiretaps led to the arrest of Chunn, Johnson, and their alleged comrades, who are ages 16 to 24.
On Sept. 28, Chunn was allegedly targeted in a shooting and Yohance Eaton is accused of returning fire at the would-be shooter.
Eaton later allegedly discussed the incident: “I started gonging at him… gong, gong, gong, gong, gong … he lucky he got away.”
The 18-year-old now faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and attempted assault in the second degree as a result.
During the second incident, on March 15 of this year, Johnson allegedly led police on a car chase through West Brighton, during which he threw two bags that contained 15 grams of heroin out the window.
Johnson later allegedly said on a recorded phone call: “I had to toss my whole bomb. “
And on April 8, officers received a tip that Johnson and a second person were armed.
Upon arrival, the duo fled but allegedly left behind two guns, which were recovered after the officers intercepted calls that gave away the weapons’ locations.
In addition to the arrest of Chunn, Johnson and Yohance Eaton, the following were captured: Shaheem McLean, Omari Eaton, Shale Holt, Lynette Farris, Darrol Waterman, Timothy Phillips and Jeffrey Register.
Waterman, the group’s alleged heroin supplier, is accused of transporting the narcotics in his Jeep from Manhattan to Staten Island. Phillips is accused of working for him.
A majority of the other defendants are allegedly members of the WB Savages.
Charges include conspiracy in the fourth degree, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, criminal possession of a firearm, attempted assault in the second degree and tampering with physical evidence.
The defendants were arraigned before Manhattan Supreme Court Friday morning.
The Richmond County District Attorney’s Office and NYPD initiated the investigation.
“This joint takedown signifies a concerted effort to address the reign of violence, drugs, and lawlessness that these individuals are alleged to have wreaked on Staten Island,” Richmond County DA Michael McMahon said in a statement. Make no mistake about it–we will prosecute those who callously destroy the lives of others whether through violence or drugs to the full extent of the law.”