Guyanese in the NY Motorcycle Theft Ring to go to court on Monday
Four Guyanese are among some thirty-three persons who are due in court on Monday in Manhattan to answer charges of Enterprise Corruption, Criminal Sale of Firearms, Grand Larceny, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and related crimes. The four and the others were arrested in a massive stolen-motorcycle trafficking ring taken down by cops and the Manhattan DA’s Office announced on July 25th. The ring also involved gun running and possibly drugs. The motorcycles would be loaded into vans, often themselves stolen and then dismantled and shipped out of the US to countries like Senegal and Guyana.
The Guyanese members of the alleged criminal enterprise include 30 year-old STEVE DOW known as Jersey Dred, and another 30 year-old DWAYNE WHYTE aka “Rucker”, 23 year-old ODEL DAWSON, and 38 year-old Vanetta Mitchell among others from New York, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia.
It is still unclear what investigations will ensue from the Guyana end. Capitol News understands that a drug bust in New Jersey nearly two years ago may have served as a catalyst in the investigation. Three of the persons involved in that bust were directly connected to members of the motorbike theft gang. All three have done plea deals and one was sentenced two weeks ago.
The NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly had announced that the number of bikes stolen by the ring accounted for half the bikes swiped in the city this past year. According to the Police Commissioner the streets served as outdoor showrooms where the crews went shopping.
The Manhattan District Attorney noted the International reach of the Investigation that helped to nab the Guyanese and others who shipped not only bikes but guns to various locations.
The authorities are reporting that sixty-three of the motorcycles were recovered following the 17-month investigation, along with 17 guns, four of which were assault weapons.