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Johnny Perez, also known as “Ghost,” Aaron Starks, who goes by “Duke,” Sekou Simpson, nicknamed “Tre,” Fred Johnson, who goes by “Trinny,” Davon Mial, dubbed “Smooth,” and Donnell Bruns, known as “Mac” were arrested on Monday evening in the New York area. Frayon Young , a/k/a “Harlem” and Robert Mason remain at large.

As alleged in the Indictment:

Between at least December 2019 and August 2021, the defendants sold crack cocaine nearly around-the-clock in the vicinity of 43rd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan, near Times Square. One ‘shift’ arrived in the late morning and made sales through the late afternoon, and then other defendants arrived and sold through the evening and nighttime. Although there was no set composition of defendants for the two shifts, defendant Aaron Starks was often present and overseeing the first shift, and defendant Johnny Perez was often present and overseeing the second shift.

An undercover law enforcement officer purchased quantities of crack cocaine from the defendants on dozens of occasions, including multiple purchases from each defendant. Law enforcement surveillance showed nearly continuous sales from the late morning through the nighttime and shift changes. In addition, surveillance video from the vicinity of 43rd Street and 8th Avenue showed the defendants conducting hundreds of hand-to-hand sales of crack cocaine. For example, during a period of 11 days in March and April 2021, the defendants conducted more than 650 hand-to-hand sales. In January 2020, law enforcement officers arrested Aaron Starks in the Times Square area and seized from him approximately 312 capsules of crack cocaine and 52 twists of crack cocaine.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “As alleged, the defendants operated a veritable 24-hour open-air bazaar for the sale of crack cocaine in Times Square. We recall the bad old days of a much seedier Times Square that was unwelcoming, and we are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those days remain just a memory.”

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HSI Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh said: “This crew gave new meaning to the slogan for New York City as the ‘city that never sleeps,’ by allegedly operating a 24-hour drug distribution ring. Working in shifts nearly around the clock, they preyed on the addictions and vulnerabilities of others. HSI New York and our partners at the NYPD worked closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to ensure that those arrested today will face the full weight of our justice system and be held accountable for the actions of their criminal enterprise.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said: “Our officers work night and day to keep every corner of New York free from the scourge of illegal narcotics, including in the crossroads of the world. Today’s federal indictment highlights the continuing commitment our NYPD investigators, prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office from the Southern District of New York and law enforcement partners have to that continuing mission.”

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On Saturday afternoon, a gunman, fueled by hate and wearing military-style clothing, shot many people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. 10 people died.

55-year-old Aaron Salter Jr. was a security guard at Tops Friendly Market. He was also an ex-Buffalo police officer. He used his prior training and exchanged gunfire with the gunman, Payton Gendron, 18.

Because of the body armor that Gendron was wearing, Salter’s bullets didn’t penetrate him. However, Salter was fatally hit by bullets.

“I don’t think that anybody could ever anticipate something like this happening. Everybody’s hurting right now. Everybody’s upset,” said Adam Bennefield, Salter’s cousin.

Prior to his death, Salter Jr. had operated a dry cleaning company with his wife before she died. She had also been employed at t he grocery store for 15 years.

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“I’m a jack of all trades,” Salter once stated, as he worked on automobiles for fun.

In 2019, his son, Salter III, expressed how he felt about gun violence. “…we can’t even do everyday s–t without having to watch our backs. That’s scary af! The sad thing is I feel like a crazy close to home is gonna do something soon. I’m not ready for that.”

Salter leaves behind three children to cherish his memory.



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Dallas police are investigating a shooting that left a 25 year old man dead early Sunday morning and another injured.

Officers responded to a shooting call around 4:30 a.m. on the 3500 block of Munger Avenue.

Upon arrival they found the victim, Braylon Smith, 25 suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. There was also another person suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Both men were transported to an area hospital where Smith died from his injuries.

Authorities have not apprehended a suspect and are working to determine what led up to the shooting.

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During the investigation officers learned that multiple apartments were also shot up.

No other injuries were reported.

This investigation remains ongoing.



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One person died and four other people were transported to a hospital with critical wounds after a shooting occurred at a church on Sunday. Another person was also injured.

Close to 1:30 p.m., Orange County, California, deputies arrived to the scene at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. Then, they found that multiple people had been shot.

Firefighters and paramedics took several people to a medical facility. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

One person has been apprehended, and the gun was located at the location.

“No one should have to fear going to their place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims, community, and all those impacted by this tragic event,” said California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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