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    NY TIMES Archive vol. 1(Jamaican Drug Lord Conviction)

    This was when NYC was going on with badness.


    Jury Convicts Man as Chief of Drug Ring






    A 30-year-old man who was accused of being the leader of one of the largest and most violent drug rings in Brooklyn was convicted yesterday of Federal racketeering charges, including six murders.

    The man, Delroy Edwards, a Jamaican national who lived in Brooklyn, glowered as the jury foreman said ''guilty'' to 42 counts that included 17 assaults, a kidnapping and a maiming. But before delivering the verdict, the foreman notified the judge that members of the jury were concerned for their safety.

    In a note to Judge Raymond J. Dearie, the foreman asked, ''After rendering our verdict, will any precautionary measures be taken on our behalf?''

    Judge Dearie later assured the jurors that they had no reason to be concerned. He told them that they would be escorted by marshals from the courthouse after the verdict, as they had been during the trial, and that no personal information about them would be made public. Fifth Day of Deliberations

    The verdict came on the fifth day of deliberations after a six-week trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. Mr. Edwards was accused of operating a drug ring from 1984 until last year.

    Prosecutors said Mr. Edwards was the first dealer to sell crack, the smokable cocaine derivative, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn in 1985. A spokesman for the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Robert Strang, said that a number of Jamaican groups were active in crack distribution in Brooklyn but that Mr. Edwards's operation was among the largest and best organized.

    Mr. Edwards - who the authorities said had been nicknamed Uzi because he sometimes concealed an Uzi submachine gun under a trench coat - faces possible life imprisonment when he is sentenced. No date was set for sentencing. He is also facing trial on a murder charge in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.

    The court-appointed defense lawyer, David Gordon, said he assumed Mr. Edwards would appeal the verdict.

    During the trial, the Federal prosecutors, John Gleeson and Jonny J. Frank, depicted the defendant as a ''coldhearted, brutal, vicious killer'' who dealt harshly with rival drug dealers, employees he suspected of stealing from him, and, sometimes, innocent people ''who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.'' Beaten and Shot to Death

    One man who was first beaten and then shot to death had been mistaken for his twin who worked for the Edwards ring, or ''posse,'' as it was called, and was suspected of withholding money from drug sales.

    Mr. Edwards's second-in-command, Kenneth Manning, and 13 other members of the ring, who are now in Government custody, testified for the prosecution. The ring, which was said to have about 50 members, sold crack, cocaine and marijuana in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and Flatbush sections of Brooklyn. It was also active in the Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia areas.

    Prosecutors said that the ring, composed chiefly of Jamaican nationals, took in from $40,000 to $100,000 a day and that Mr. Edwards, as the leader, made ''mountains of money.'' They said Mr. Edwards once paid $150,000 in $10 and $20 bills to buy a house in Amityville, L.I., and owned several luxury cars.

    Much of the testimony detailed the ring's ruthlessness. Mr. Edwards, wearing a business suit, sat impassively as his former associates told of the murders and brutal beatings he had participated in or ordered. Body Wrapped in Plastic

    One of the victims, Norman Allwood, a 17-year-old who was suspected of stealing money and drugs from the ring, was beaten with baseball bats, scalded with boiling water and hung by chains from a basement ceiling, according to testimony. His body, wrapped in plastic, was later found on a Brooklyn street.

    In September 1987, witnesses said, Mr. Edwards was shot and he suspected that the shooting was the work of a rival Jamaican gang. The jury was told that he ordered an associate to go to the corner of Schenectady Avenue and Sterling Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant and ''to shoot anyone who looks Jamaican.''

    The reprisal shooting left an innocent man, a musician, paralyzed from gunshot wounds.

    The defense lawyer, Mr. Gordon, described the former ring members who testified for the Government as ''vicious, ruthless, horrible people'' who could be expected to lie on the stand to be given less jail time for their crimes.

    Delroy Edwards, who was convicted yesterday of racketeering charges, including six murders.
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    them bwoy use strong back in the days! he look like he can lift a truck now he is swoll from lifting all them jail weights.

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    HB and Kakez, do your homework.

    Brooklyn was getting it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimizm View Post
    HB and Kakez, do your homework.

    Brooklyn was getting it too.
    didnt say Brooklyn didnt have drug dealers.. read what i said in the other thread...They had drug dealers but nowhere near the level as Preme, Cat, Rich Porter, Guy Ritchie, and damn sure no where near Nicky Barnes
    the healthy man does not torture others - generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

    Carl G. Jung

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimizm View Post
    HB and Kakez, do your homework.

    Brooklyn was getting it too.

    You Sound Like One Of Them Brooklyn ####################s Who Mad Brooklyn Couldn't Corner The Market On Everything..Ima Keep It Ah' Buck

    This Bum Cheeks Ass #################### Paid 150,000 For Ah' Crib On Long Island..Preem An Em Was Making Millions Of Dollars On Ah' 2 Month Level..Yeah..Like That.

    As I Said Before..Brooklyn Had Small Time Kingpin Dudes That Wasn't Making Noise Like That And Just Grabbed Up Custy's In Their Respective Projects..This #################### Gettin Bread And Could Only Afford Ah Slummy Ass Neighborhood Like Amityville?When All Them "Posse's" Wass Poppin In North Brooklyn In Da 80's Only Ah handfull Was Cuffing Some Serious Bread.Come On My Dude...Listen To "Ghetto Quaran" If You Have Too.

    "They Had Helicopters, Rolls Royce's With Louis Vuitton Interiors..Sound Like I'm Fantasizing But Son I'm Dead Serious "

    I Think You Listening To Mad Documentaries And Got Swept Up In The Sensationalist Agenda They Put On These Young Black Street Businessmen..Look At The Numbers Dogg..All Them "Crew" ####################s that Got Bagged..THEY WENT HOME TO JAMAICA..They Actually Got Out..Preme Got Life..Pappy Aint Coming Home Till Like 2020..It Is What It Is Bruvah.

    That Dude Wasnt Seeing Preme..Boy George..Cowboys..Together Forever Family..Suarez\Perelza

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