Operation Red Smiley

Beginning in May 2018, New Rochelle Police Detectives in the Special Investigations Unit became aware that heroin stamped with a Red Smiley face symbol was prevalent in New Rochelle and initiated an investigation. 27 suspects were arrested today. More than two kilos of heroin were seized along with marijuana and firearms. 50 defendants in total have been arrested due to this investigation. One suspect is still at large.

In February 2019, New Rochelle Police Detectives and Investigators from the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office were able to identify two key suspects: Jeffrey Brickle of this city and Rafael Rivera of the Bronx. Rivera was suspected of supplying the heroin, and was also under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. He faces State charges as well as Federal charges for Drug Conspiracy and Sales.

The arrest of Rafael Rivera resulted in the identification of Kevin Lynch of Mount Vernon, who is suspected of dealing cocaine and other assorted contraband throughout Westchester County. Detectives quickly identified the members of his operation. On July 24, 2019 New Rochelle Police Detectives and members of the Pelham Police Department executed three search warrants in New Rochelle and Pelham. This led to the arrest of seven individuals and the recovery of Heroin, cash and drug paraphernalia.

Several members of the Brickle family have been charged during this investigation. The senior members of the Brickle family are Jeffrey Brickle, Sr. aka “Pops,” and Althea Cutler. These two suspects had numerous customers in New Rochelle and arranged for other family members to also distribute contraband. Jeffrey Brickle aka “Gunnar” is the grandson of Jeffrey Brickle, Sr. and also is charged in this case.

On September 10, 2019 five additional search warrants were executed in Yonkers, the Bronx, Mt Vernon, New Rochelle and Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. A total of 50 individuals have been either arrested and charged prior to today, or are being charged today, with various charges in regard to this investigation. One suspect is still being sought. The charges range from misdemeanor drug possession to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A felony, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (loaded firearm), a class C felony.

The New Rochelle Police Department would like to thank its law enforcement partners for their assistance in this investigation, specifically the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Westchester County Department of Public Safety, Mount Vernon Police Department, Yonkers Police Department, New York City Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Pelham Police Department and the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.

Suspects who have been charged:

  1. Jeffrey Brickle, 31, Tobyhanna, PA
  2. Akaimamin McGhee, 23, New Rochelle
  3. Denise Jones, 33, New Rochelle
  4. Latoya Thomas, 38, New Rochelle
  5. Michelle Giordano, Pelham, NY
  6. Joaquin Brickle, 35, New Rochelle
  7. Rafael Rivera, 40, Bronx, NY
  8. Shelton Smith, 59, Bronx, NY
  9. Jermaine Brickle, 46, New Rochelle
  10. Jeffrey Brickle Sr, 70, New Rochelle
  11. Kevin Lynch, 48, Mt Vernon, NY
  12. Joseph Milline, 62, New Rochelle
  13. William Kemp, 61, New Rochelle
  14. Kari Brickle, 29, New Rochelle
  15. Sakue Brickle, 29, New Rochelle
  16. Althea Cutler, 57, New Rochelle
  17. Esteban Perez, 30, New Rochelle
  18. Elmos Watkins, 40, New Rochelle
  19. Kristi Prela, 24, Yonkers, NY
  20. Divine Green, 45, New Rochelle
  21. Darryl Hollis, 58, New Rochelle
  22. Zaka Hussain, 26, Stamford, CT
  23. Jane Andreassi, 55, Port Chester, NY
  24. Marco Rabanales, 23, New Rochelle
  25. Cheryl Hollis, 57, New Rochelle
  26. Alejandro Fernandez, 23, New Rochelle
  27. Derek Dellaripa, 30, New Rochelle
  28. Andrew Lacerenza, 32, New Rochelle
  29. Onasses Hernandez, 40, New Rochelle
  30. Christina Lepore, 31, New Rochelle
  31. Mindy Lepore, 36, New Rochelle
  32. Shawna Bostick, 50, Mt Vernon, NY
  33. Andrew Sauro, 31, New Rochelle
  34. Richard Guila, 24, New Rochelle
  35. Krista Leggieri, 26, Tobyhanna, PA
  36. Jeanine Brickle, 44, New Rochelle
  37. Peter Shue, 60, Yonkers, NY
  38. Willie Graham, 67, Mt Vernon, NY
  39. Jeffrey Ianniello, 40, Mamaroneck, NY
  40. Leroy Brown, 69, New Rochelle
  41. Maurice Jackson, 43, Mamaroneck, NY
  42. Frank Martins, 50, New Rochelle
  43. Maureen Murray, 50, Mamaroneck, NY
  44. William Evans, 55, Yonkers, NY
  45. Charles Faulk, 47 , Yonkers, NY
  46. Jason Stewart, 42, New Rochelle
  47. Joanne Arroyo, 47, Yonkers, NY
  48. John Wells, 52, Yonkers, NY
  49. Rayette Brown, 53, Mt Vernon, NY


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