14 Defendants Indicted For Participation In Manhattan Drug Trafficking Organization

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NEW YORK – Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) in New York, and Dermot Shea, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced the unsealing of an indictment charging KENNETH SPEARMAN, a/k/a “Big Man,” a/k/a “Big Fella,” a/k/a “Friend,” SHELDON CLARK, a/k/a “Sal,” ERIC GRANT, a/k/a “E,” SIRRON STAFFORD, a/k/a “Sherm,” CAMERON FRANCIS, a/k/a “Cam,” ISAIAH LEDGISTER, a/k/a “Pooch,” TRISTAN OLIVER, a/k/a “Jay,” JOSEPH CAMPBELL, a/k/a “JoJo,” ERIC GASTON, HARVEY FOSTER, a/k/a “Fresh,” MAURICE WOMACK, a/k/a “Moe,” REGINALD CLAXTON, a/k/a “Dread,” a/k/a “Reggie,” LAVELLE MAITLAND, a/k/a “Vee,” and RAY BOYD, a/k/a “Mustafa,” with participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in the vicinity of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (also known as 7th Avenue) between approximately 120th Street and 123rd Street, in Harlem.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “As alleged in the Indictment, the defendants were responsible for selling large amounts of crack cocaine in Manhattan.  Thanks to the extraordinary work of our partners at NYPD and HSI, the defendants now face federal charges for their crimes.”

HSI Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh said:  “HSI and NYPD dismantled a criminal organization that allegedly trafficked and distributed heroin and cocaine while terrorizing our streets with violence and no regard for the welfare of our community.  Eradicating this ruthless syndicate will provide some relief to our neighborhoods, and is a step forward in an effort to safeguard our homeland.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said:  “The NYPD is relentless in combating the kind of violent crimes alleged in this federal indictment, which tear at the fabric of life in New York.  I commend the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and all of our partners, for their sustained focus in this important case.”


As alleged in the Indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court and in other court papers and proceedings:

From at least in or about November 2019 up to and including in or about November 2020, KENNETH SPEARMAN, a/k/a “Big Man,” a/k/a “Big Fella,” a/k/a “Friend,” SHELDON CLARK, a/k/a “Sal,” ERIC GRANT, a/k/a “E,” SIRRON STAFFORD, a/k/a “Sherm,” CAMERON FRANCIS, a/k/a “Cam,” ISAIAH LEDGISTER, a/k/a “Pooch,” TRISTIAN OLIVER, a/k/a “Jay,” JOSEPH CAMPBELL, a/k/a “JoJo,” ERIC GASTON, HARVEY FOSTER, a/k/a “Fresh,” MAURICE WOMACK, a/k/a “Moe,” REGINALD CLAXTON, a/k/a “Dread,” a/k/a “Reggie,” LAVELLE MAITLAND, a/k/a “Vee,” and RAY BOYD, a/k/a “Mustafa,” participated in a conspiracy to distribute 280 grams and more of crack cocaine in and around Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (also known as 7th Avenue) between approximately 120th Street and 123rd Street, in Harlem.

On or about November 3, 2020, in the same area, FRANCIS and two others robbed at gunpoint someone attempting to purchase narcotics and a firearm from FRANCIS.

KENNETH SPEARMAN, a/k/a “Big Man,” a/k/a “Big Fella,” a/k/a “Friend,” 45, SHELDON CLARK, a/k/a “Sal,” 55, ERIC GRANT, a/k/a “E,” 45, TRISTIAN OLIVER, a/k/a “Jay,” 43, ERIC GASTON, 36, REGINALD CLAXTON, a/k/a “Dread,” a/k/a “Reggie,” 57, LAVELLE MAITLAND, a/k/a “Vee,” 25, and RAY BOYD, a/k/a “Mustafa,” 57, were arrested yesterday and presented before United States Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker.  JOSEPH CAMPBELL, a/k/a “JoJo,” 27, was arrested yesterday and will be presented before Judge Parker today.  SIRRON STAFFORD, a/k/a “Sherm,” 43, CAMERON FRANCIS, a/k/a “Cam,” 20, ISAIAH LEDGISTER, a/k/a “Pooch,” 30, HARVEY FOSTER, a/k/a “Fresh,” 36, and MAURICE WOMACK, a/k/a “Moe,” 51, remain at large.

A chart containing the names, charges, and maximum penalties for each of the defendants is set forth below.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of a defendant would be determined by the judge.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of HSI and the NYPD.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Narcotics Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Ryan B. Finkel, Alexander Li, and Andrew A. Rohrbach are in charge of the prosecution.

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