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July 13, 2022 – Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that 12 individuals were indicted following a multi-agency investigation into the possession and sale of illegal narcotics in Yonkers between October 2021 and April 2022.

A joint investigation initiated in October 2021 and conducted by the Yonkers Police Department, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety and the Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, focused on individuals engaged in the illegal sale of narcotics in Yonkers. The investigation culminated in the arrest of 12 individuals who were allegedly in possession of and sold cocaine on 27 separate occasions between October 29, 2021 and April 7, 2022.

As of July 12, 2022, the defendants have each been arraigned in Westchester County Court. None of the charges are bail qualifying offenses.

“We are proud to have partnered with the Yonkers Police Department and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, and applaud them for their hard work during this seven-month-long joint investigation,” DA Rocah said. “We stand committed to collaborate with our law enforcement partners in our shared mission of proactively addressing violent crime through a precision policing and prosecution approach. I also commend the prosecutors in our Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau for their invaluable work on this investigation. I am confident this operation will help keep Yonkers safer.”

A Westchester County Grand Jury indicted the defendants on the following felony charges:

Dayquan Bailey, 25, of Yonkers, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Tony Blair, 47, of Yonkers, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Nasir Brown, 24, of Mount Vernon, was charged with six counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and six counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Dejaequan Bryant, 28, of Yonkers, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Russell Ellis, 29, of Yonkers, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Shakeem Hamilton, 28, of Yonkers, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Shawn Patterson, 34, of Yonkers, was charged with five counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and five counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Daquan Rodriguez, 26, of Yonkers, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Frankie Vega-Salazar, 28, of Yonkers, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Jaher Watts, 21, of Yonkers, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Durrell Whitney, 36, of Yonkers, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Joseph Ynguanzo, 33, of Yonkers, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

The cases are before Judge Anne Minihan, Judge Robert Neary, and Judge Robert Prisco in Westchester County Court, and are being prosecuted by the Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau of the District Attorney’s Office.

The charges against the defendants are merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Anna Young, Public Information Officer
(914) 995-6551
ayoung@westchesterda.net

 

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