COCAINE: The investigation was dubbed “Operation Golden Road,” a phrase borrowed from Archie Joyner, a major drug trafficker who lived in Queens but made the 3 1/2-hour trek up Route 17 to Binghamton to do business. “In 1988 Archie described how he, and other people in his line of work, would joke around about how the streets of Binghamton were ‘paved with gold’ and if you transported your coke up there, you’d become rich,” said Miroslav Lovric, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of New York. During the 1980’s ‘cocaine exploded upon the American culture like an atomic bomb’.
During this time frame 1988 to 1990 a former Binghamton TC Jets football player “Big Bob” an offensive guard who had been working as a carpet salesman on Glenwood Ave was arrested and convicted of trafficking in cocaine. “Big Bob” was transporting cocaine from New York City to his east side apartment in Binghamton NY every week on his day off. “Big Bob” the former TC Jets football player and carpet salesman (cover job) got 5 years in the the New York State prison system. ‘Big Bob’ in Binghamton was a real life version of ‘Tuna’ in the Johnny Depp movie Blow, Cocaine Dealers. Binghamton streets ‘paved with gold’ an ounce of cocaine that sold for up to $1,500 in Binghamton would only bring about $530 on a New York City street during this time frame. In 1992, Joyner decided that managing a bar called “Amp’s” would help him avoid police surveillance while selling cocaine, AMP Bar & Grill at 348 Clinton St Binghamton NY.
On June 26, 1995, Michael Barrett (hereinafter“Petitioner”) and approximately forty other people were indicted for various narcotics, weapons, and conspiracy charges arising out of their participation in what has been referred to as the Joyner Organization. “Organization” was initially formed in 1989 by Archie Joyner and sold narcotics at several bars and strip clubs in Binghamton, New York. Joyner, the ringleader and subsequently-turned-government witness, would pay people within the organization to mule cocaine from his contacts in New York City to the Binghamton area, and the cocaine would then be sold by other associates within the organization at various bars. During this time frame 1988 to 1990 a former Binghamton TC Jets football player, “Big Bob” offensive guard, who had been working as a carpet salesman on Glenwood Ave in Binghamton was arrested and convicted of trafficking in cocaine. “Big Bob” was transporting cocaine from New York City to his east side apartment in Binghamton NY every week on his day off. “Big Bob” the former TC Jets football player and carpet salesman (cover job) got 5 years in the the New York State prison system. The organization initially began selling drugs at several local bars in Binghamton including the Sail Inn, Begies and Kennedy’s Corners 161 Court St Binghamton NY. As business grew, however, so did the territory the organization sought to cover, and soon they were selling drugs at other bars in Binghamton including Amp’s, Sheions and Choices.
Joyner began his drug trafficking operation in 1988. He bought cocaine in New York City, transported it to Binghamton, distributed it to “sellers” at one of a number of Binghamton bars, and received a portion of the sellers’ profits. In 1990, Joyner’s longtime friend Carter followed him to Binghamton. Within less than three weeks, Carter was arrested at a bar called “Dell’s” for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Atkinson, another longtime Joyner friend, subsequently moved to Binghamton and formed a partnership with Joyner to sell cocaine at a bar called “Sail Inn.” That partnership dissolved after Joyner discovered that Atkinson had stolen money from him. Joyner then recruited others to work for him as he expanded his operation.
In 1992, Joyner decided that managing a bar called “Amp’s” would help him avoid police surveillance while selling cocaine. His organization also began to buy guns, which were kept in stash houses. In the spring of 1993, Carter returned to Binghamton to become one of the managers of Amp’s. That summer, Joyner purchased a Binghamton bar called “Begie’s.” In the fall of 1993, Carter became a manager of that bar as well. At about the same time, Atkinson-who was dealing drugs on his own after the dissolution of his partnership with Joyner-was arrested for distributing cocaine. He was released after Joyner posted bail on his behalf. Following his release, Atkinson worked as a seller at Begie’s in order to repay Joyner until the state court sentenced him to a prison term. At the end of 1993, Begie’s lost its liquor license, was raided by police, and temporarily closed.
At about the same time, however, Joyner purchased another bar called “Sheion’s.” After Begie’s was closed, Joyner moved Carter to Sheion’s, but he needed a second manager at Sheion’s to handle all the customers. Because Atkinson was still in prison, Joyner recruited longtime-friend Charles for that position. Joyner paid Charles for his services as manager by allowing him to sell cocaine, marijuana, and heroin at Sheion’s. Willoghby, a cocaine addict, was a janitor at Sheion’s and sold cocaine there for Joyner from time to time. On February 10, 1994, Carter was arrested in New Jersey for possessing almost 3,000 vials of cocaine in a car he and Joyner had borrowed. After Carter’s release on bail several weeks later, he resumed managing Sheion’s for Joyner.
At about the same time, Joyner reopened Begie’s under the new name “Choice’s” and allowed the leaders of a rival ring, Barrett and his lieutenant Sweat, to sell cocaine there in exchange for a percentage of their profits. At about the same time, Joyner began to purchase both cocaine and heroin from a new supplier, Reginald Perry. In May 1994, Joyner, Perry, and several others-including Collins, whom Perry had worked with in New York and whom he had recruited for this job-conspired to torch a Binghamton bar called “Dell’s,” the principal competitor of Sheion’s. An elderly man, Willard Allen, died in the fire.
In 1994, 28 people were charged in a six-year, $8.5 million cocaine ring, culminating in the firebombing of Dell’s Palaz in downtown Binghamton, killing the occupant of an upstairs apartment. A $1.6 million-a-month cocaine pipeline was broken in 1996 with the arrest of 22 people in connection with the James Pope cocaine ring. Over the course of the investigation, the amount sold would have been worth about twice as much as the City of Binghamton’s $50 million budget. Kennedy’s Corner Restaurant & Lounge was at 161 Court St Binghamton NY, Begie’s bar was at 92 Henry Street Binghamton NY, Sheion’s Bar was at corner of Court and Carroll Streets Binghamton NY, AMP Bar & Grill was at 348 Clinton St Binghamton NY, Sail Inn was at 32 Exchange St Binghamton NY.
On June 17, 1994, the Binghamton and New York state police raided Sheion’s and arrested Charles, Joyner, and several others. Charles and Joyner were subsequently sent to prison, where they have since remained. Joyner continued his drug operation from prison. Barrett visited Joyner frequently, and they agreed that the former organization would sell cocaine at Choice’s at night (still splitting the profits with Joyner) and that Joyner’s girlfriend, Tracey Smith, would sell on his behalf during the day. At one point, Smith and Barrett clashed. Joyner sent his personal bodyguard, Craig Gillespie, to Choice’s to bring peace. Within a few weeks, Barrett and his crew left. Subsequently, in the fall of 1994, Atkinson, who had recently been released from state prison, returned to Choice’s and resumed drug-selling. Several months later, Gillespie began to cooperate with police, leading to arrests and convictions.
April 2014…Amp’s aka Club 17 East at 348 Clinton St has been shut down. Binghamton Mayor Rich David started the process to get an after-hours club on Clinton Street locked down. According to police, Club17 East at 348 Clinton St was the key location used for illegal gambling and drug trafficking. Several shootings have also happened at the club at 348 Clinton. 14 people were recently arrested in a sweep, including members of The MacBallers, which are members of the larger national Bloods Street Gang. A preliminary hearing will soon be set to see if the property can be immediately closed, pending a full trial. Over the past year, 17 East was also the site of multiple late night disturbances affecting the First Ward community. Problem properties can be locked down for up to a year.
FBI PRESS RELEASE APRIL 2014 : BINGHAMTON, NY—United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced that 14 members and associates of the Bloods street gang known as the “MacBallers” were charged today by way of a felony criminal complaint in federal court in Binghamton, New York, with engaging in a drug trafficking conspiracy, pursuant to Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846. Federal, state, and local law enforcement teams executed arrest warrants in the greater Binghamton, New York area, as well as in New York City. Defendants will make their appearances later today before a federal magistrate judge in federal court. Additionally, law enforcement also executed federal search warrants at nine locations in the Binghamton, New York area including at the nightclub called 17 East, (old AMP Grill 348 Clinton St Binghamton NY) which was utilized and frequented by members of the MacBallers gang.
March 9th 2016….Court papers unsealed Tuesday allege the defendants were involved with the “Eddie Block Gang” which is based around Edwards Street on Binghamton’s West Side. They distributed large amounts of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and percocet since January 2014, prosecutors say. “We consider them to be a danger to the community,” Lovric said of the defendants. They each face felony charges of drug trafficking conspiracy. Randolph also was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, also a felony. When Lovric stated the charges carry maximum sentences of life in federal prison, several members of the nine defendants’ family and friends gasped and stormed from the courtroom in tears. ‘A win for the good guys’ On Tuesday afternoon, Binghamton Mayor Richard David said the raids by law enforcement were one more step forward in cleaning up the city streets of crime and drug activity. David said this operation should be counted as “a win for the good guys.”
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