Suffolk County police arrested 13 people after executing two separate search warrants at two North Amityville homes, a sting that yielded assault weapons, ammunition, crack and cash, police officials announced Friday.
Officers and detectives from the department’s newly created Firearms Suppression Team and the narcotics and emergency service sections, made the arrests with help from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after executing the search warrant at 90 East Smith St. on Wednesday.
Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini said the location was a known gang hangout for a group called “No Beef Chase Chicken,” or NBCC. The name means don’t fight, chase women.
The gang opened a store on Deer Park Avenue with items and clothing bearing the NBCC logo.
“This was a tremendous hit for the residents of Suffolk County,” Sini said, citing evidence recovered during the searches. “We know that career criminals watch the news for tips for what law enforcement is doing. Here is a tip: If you are going to deal drugs in our communities, if you are going to commit violent acts in Suffolk County, the Suffolk County police department is coming for you.”
Officers confiscated two loaded assault weapons, a scoped rifle and a loaded revolver at the home on Wednesday. In addition, police found numerous rounds of ammunition, three high-capacity magazines, 142 grams of crack cocaine, nine cellphones, a digital scale and nearly $1,000.
Eight people were arrested during the search.
Emile Pacheco, 27, of North Amityville; William Montgomery, 28, of Brentwood; Dajone Fields, 22, of North Amityville; and Tarazzi Wilkins, 21, of North Amityville are each charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They also are charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Jesiah Lowe, 30, of Amityville had a parole warrant and was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Lashanda Gabriel, 34, of Ronkonkoma was charged with three warrants.
Taj Jackson, 38, of Wheatley Heights was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Desohn Hunter, 28, of Wyandanch was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Records show Pacheco partnered with Tehron Sims of Wyandanch to get a trademark for the gang’s name. Sims, 27, was shot to death inside his Wyandanch home in September. That case remains open.
The second search warrant was executed early Friday morning at 58 Miller Ave., where five people were arrested, and a 9 millimeter loaded gun, drugs and more than $10,000 cash were seized, police said.
Sini said police had intelligence that helped them identify the home as the gang hangout for “Swerve,” an NBCC rival. “We believe that the execution of both search warrants prevented a violent altercation between these two rival gangs,” Sini said.
As of late Friday, the names of the five people who were arrested had not been released.