Three Rochester men indicted on drug and weapons charges
Posted at: 06/21/2013 6:40 AM | Updated at: 06/21/2013 5:30 PM
A major drug bust in Rochester sends a message to gang members: If you try to sell drugs in our city, you will face serious charges.
Three men are under arrest. Officials say they were leaders of a street level drug-trafficking gang called "M.D.B." Twenty-two-year-old Jacob Rivera, 19-year-old Kevin Feliciano and 27-year-old Marius Johnson are under arrest, facing a number of charges related to drug trafficking and weapons charges.
Investigators say even though these three men are off the street, they still need your help to keep Rochester safe.
William J. Hochul Jr. U.S. Attorney said, "We do continue to need the public's cooperation. One of the things that made the "M.D.B" case such a success was the cooperation of the citizens of Rochester. And as we get into the summer months, you are our eyes and ears. And if you see something, say something, and we as law enforcement will do something."
Getting three people accused of leading an open air drug market off the street was a team effort, thanks to a slew of federal, state and local police agencies and thanks to people who live in the area willing to speak up.
Just Thursday, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said he has faith the Rochester community can change the pattern of violence, if they are willing to get involved and more and more people are doing just that.
News10NBC went to the Dewey and Lexington Avenue areas Friday morning, including Broezel Street, mentioned in the U.S. Attorney's indictment as one spot where the "M.D.B" gang operates. News10NBC talked with a lot of people who live and work nearby. They all said enough is enough. They say they're tired of the prostitution and drug sales in their neighborhood.
Diane Argauer said, “I'm glad, very glad, I'm very glad. If it was the result of people speaking up which I understand it is, that is excellent. We need more of that. It takes neighbors watching neighbors and helping neighbors to make a difference in the community.”
Diane Argauer says one of the goals of the Northwest Neighborhood Outreach Center is to empower people. For more information, click here.
If you witness a crime, you can let police know anonymously. You can call 911 and tell the operator you want to make an anonymous tip. They will not take your name, just your information. If you have a smartphone, go to MYPD App.