Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Special Narcotics
Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan today announced arrests and indictments of 35
individuals involved in narcotics trafficking at Noble Drew Ali Housing Complex
in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.
The defendants, who range in age
from 15 years old to 47, controlled over 20 apartments at Noble Drew Ali in the
complex where heroin and cocaine users congregated on a daily basis. Heroin,
cocaine, marijuana, numerous weapons, large quantities of ammunition, and bullet
proof vests were seized during the investigation. Members of the operation also
utilized pit bulls, which were bred at the complex, to intimidate legitimate
residents of the Noble Drew Ali complex and to maintain security among members
of the operation.
Arrests, which began early Monday morning, included
Michael Watson, of 1317 Decatur Street in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, the
overall supplier of heroin to the Noble Drew Ali Housing complex. Also arrested
was Musa Johnson, Sr., who oversaw the distribution operation at Noble Drew Ali.
Among those involved in the operation were Johnson’s son Musa Johnson, Jr., and
his daughter Charell Smith, both of whom were charged with Conspiracy in the
First Degree and narcotics possession. Sakaur Mason, a participant in the
distribution operation who is charged with narcotics crimes was additionally
charged with Assault in the First Degree in connection with a November 25, 2006
shooting at 250 Lott Avenue in the Noble Drew Ali Complex as a result of a
dispute with other members of the operation. Also arrested was Devere Leggett, a
participant in the narcotics operation who is charged with possessing over 200
glassines of heroin. Leggett is additionally charged with Arson in the Second
Degree resulting from an incident on January 31, 2007 in 230 Lott Avenue, where
the defendant is alleged to have set a communal stash apartment on fire after a
dispute with other dealers in the complex.