16 Alleged Waterbury Gang Members Federally Indicted on Numerous Charges
A Federal Grand jury in Hartford has just just returned a 36 count indictment that charges 16 alleged Waterbury '960' gang members with engaging in numerous violent criminal acts, according to the United States Department of Justice, and the US Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut.
Murder, attempted murder, firearm possession, and drug trafficking are listed among the offenses. The 36 count indictment was was returned on 9/14/2021, and charges have been filed against:
- Gabriel Pulliam, a.k.a. 'G.', 27
- Tahjay Love, a.k.a. 'Goon', 23
- Zaekwon McDaniel, a.k.a. 'Gap' and 'Yung Gap', 23
- Ezra Alves, a.k.a. 'EJ' and 'Ezzy', 21
- Malik Bayon, a.k.a. 'Pop' and 'Dirt', 25
- D'Andre Burrus, a.k.a. 'Dopeman', 27
- Ustin Cabrera, a.k.a. 'J.U.', 22
- LaDerrick Jones, a.k.a. 'Lexus', 29
- Jaivaun McKnight, a.k.a 'Sav', 23
- Julian Scott, a.k.a. 'Ju Sav', 22
- Dayquain Sinisterra, a.k.a. 'Quan', 24
- Ahmed Alves, a.k.a. 'Stones', 23
- Adrian Flemming, a.k.a. 'Big A' and 'Goldo', 26
- James Graham, a.k.a.'Little Cuz', 21
- Tavaughn Wright, a.k.a. 'Teddy', 27
- Dimitri Blanding, 23
Pulliam, Love, McDaniel, Ezra Alves, Burrus, Jones, McKnight, Scott, Sinisterra, and Graham have been detained in State custody. Flemming is currently serving time for a related drug charge. Bayon, Cabrera, Wright, Blanding, and Ahmed Alves were arrested yesterday.
The indictment alleges that the 960 gang distributed narcotics and engaged in multiple violent acts, including murder, attempted murder, assault, and obstruction of justice. The list of multiple violent acts alleged in the indictment occurred between October 2017 and October 2019.
Leonard C. Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut said:
'As alleged in the indictment and in related prosecutions, members of the 960 gang not only murdered and attempted to murder rival gang members, but also shot and maimed unintended victims, whose lives have been forever changed by their reckless behavior. '
McDaniel, Bayon, Love, Pulliam, Scott, and Sinisterra have been charged with Murder in violation of The Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering Statute, which carried a mandatory life sentence, or death if the Government seeks the death penalty.
Pulliam, Love, McDaniel, Ezra Alves, Bayon, Burrus, Jones, McKnight, Scott, and Sinisterra each face one count of Conspiracy to Engage in Racketeering.
Cabrera, McDaniel, Sinisterra, Ezra Alves, McKnight, Scott, and Pulliam have been charged with multiple counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Attempted Murder, Aiding and Abetting, and using and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
Love and Graham have been charged with Obstruction of Justice.
Pulliam, Ezra Alves, Bayon, Burrus, Jones, McKnight, Ahmed Alves, Flemming, Wright, and Blanding have been charged with conspiring to distribute narcotics.
And Ezra Alves, Bayon, and Wright have also been charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
This ongoing investigation is being conducted by the FBI's Northern CT Gang Task Force, ATF, and the Waterbury PD, with assistance from New Milford PD, Watertown PD, and the CT Dept. of Correction.