Two sentenced for S. Richmond Hill, Ozone Park Slayings

By Alicia Venter

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Two men have been sentenced in connection with four fatal shootings that took place in South Richmond Hill and Ozone Park between 2015 and 2018, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office on Jan. 13.

Richard Davenport, 46, of 139th St. in Jamaica, and Neville Brown, 42, of 197th Street in Hollis, pleaded guilty in November to two counts of manslaughter in the first degree. They each pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a third fatal shooting, and Davenport pled guilty to manslaughter in a fourth fatal shooting.

The latest crime took place on Jan. 16, 2018, with security camera footage showing Davenport exit a Mercedes Benz on 105th St. near 135th Ave. in South Richmond Hill around 9:30 p.m. and approaching Omaree Morrison, 19, while he was walking along 135th Avenue. The video footage shows Davenport fatally shoot Morrison, the charges claim.

A few weeks prior, on Dec. 19, 2017, the charges claim that Brown was seen driving the same Mercedes Benz at approximately 3 a.m. with Davenport in the passenger side front seat. Together, they drove past a Cadillac Escalade parked on 125th St. and Atlantic Ave. in South Richmond Hill numerous times.

Security camera footage captured the Mercedes Benz parking, the defendants exiting the vehicle, approaching the Cadillac from both sides and Davenport firing several times into the vehicle.

Dail Ramessar, 21, was struck in the car, and later died in the hospital. Davenport and Brown both fled in the Mercedes Benz.On July 15, 2016, the charges claim that Davenport approached the vehicle of Raaid Ali, 22, as he was sitting in the drivers seat in front of his residence at 107-60 114th Street in South Richmond Hill. He was shot by Davenport multiple times in the torso, fatally wounding him, at approximately 12:10 p.m., the charges claim, and Davenport fled in a vehicle driven by Brown.

The charges claim that the first murder took place on Oct. 4, 2015. The victim, Vickiram Ramlogan, 27, was shot multiple times while parked in front of his home at 111-21 120th Street, Ozone Park at around 8:15 p.m. by Davenport.

Davenport was sentenced a combined total of 29 years in prison — two consecutive 14.5 year sentences — and Brown was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

“Two very dangerous men are going to prison for a long time and the streets of Queens will be safer as a result,” said District Attorney Melinda Katz in a statement. “My number one priority will continue to be getting illegal guns, and those who use them, off our streets.”

 

Man Indicted for Transporting Two Kilos of Fentanyl into Queens

By Alicia Venter

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A man has been indicted on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, standing accused of transporting two kilograms of fentanyl from Suffolk County to Queens for the purpose of selling the drugs for profit.

Dennis Carrol, 31, of Evergreen Road in Flanders, Long Island, was stopped in his car at 188th Street in Hollis on Nov. 28 at approximately 3:30 p.m. by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. In a search of his car, they discovered two plastic bags containing the two kilograms of fentanyl valued at $80,000, according to a release from the Office of the Queens District Attorney.

According to the release, the amount of fentanyl recovered is enough to produce approximately 20,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills.

Carrol was arraigned on Monday, Dec. 12 on a three-count indictment. He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

The arrest comes after the District Attorney’s Major Narcotics Unit of the Major Economics Crime Bureau, in conjunction with the DEA’s New York Division, conducted an investigation of Carrol through the month of November. This investigation involved utilizing court-authorized surveillance of the defendant’s activities during the month.

“Fentanyl is the most dangerous illicit drug on the street today and it presents the most serious threat to public health and safety in the United States.” said Frank Tarentino, DEA Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division.In 2021, 107,622 Americans died from drug poisonings and over 66 percent are directly related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Seizures like this demonstrate DEA’s dedication and commitment to working with our law enforcement colleagues to bring to justice those who continue to flood our city streets with poison.”

DEA Laboratory testing reveled that six out of ten fake prescription pills contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl this year, an uptick from the previous year that saw four out of ten counterfeit pills containing such a dose.

According to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, there have been 315 suspected fatal overdose cases in Queens County so far in 2022 — an estimated 50 percent increase from last year. Of these deaths, approximately 76.3 percent have been attributed to fentanyl.

“That is why this case is important and why my office will continue to work relentlessly to get this poison and its merchants off of our streets,” Katz said in a statement.

Carrol has been ordered to return to court on Jan. 10, 2023.

With this indictment, Carrol has been formally charged with the crime by a grand jury. He has not been found guilty of committing the crime.


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