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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Dana J. Boente
, United States Attorney
Contact: Joshua Stueve

28 Arrested in Nationwide Gun and Drug Sting Operation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Over 300 law enforcement agents and officers executed a coordinated takedown today, arresting 28 individuals for their respective roles in selling drugs while armed or other firearm related criminal acts.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began Operation Tin Panda in the Spring of 2017. In collaboration with the DEA, U.S. Postal Inspector’s Service, the Prince William County Police Department, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Police Department, Alexandria Police Department, Stafford County Sherriff’s Office, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, King George County Sheriff’s Office, Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland, Metropolitan Police Department, and the District of Columbia, law enforcement investigators and prosecutors from this office began jointly investigating area Blood gangs involved in violent crime and other criminal activity in Northern Virginia. Multiple criminal acts were tied to gang and drug activity, including, but not limited to, homicide, malicious wounding, robbery, shootings, and drug and firearms distribution. During the course of this investigation, more than 30 individuals throughout Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and California, who were illegally selling firearms and controlled substances or were involved in other criminal acts, have been arrested. 

Prior to search warrants executed today, Operation Tin Panda resulted in the recovery of over 71 firearms and approximately 1,292 grams of cocaine base, 4,408 grams of cocaine, 23,838 grams of marijuana, 2,152 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 815 grams of heroin, and 36,075 grams of THC. During search warrants executed today, law enforcement seized more firearms, heroin, and other controlled substances.

Twenty-two of the 28 were arrested on federal firearms and drug charges, while the remaining six were arrested on state charges. Please see the included table which lists the name, age, hometown, and respective charge(s) that each federal defendant faces.

Name, Age

Hometown

Charge(s)

Tarvell Vandiver, 29

Woodbridge

Conspiracy to Distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base

Jerry McAllister, 42

Laurel, Maryland

Conspiracy to Distribute 100 grams or more of heroin

Rashourn Niles, 37

Woodbridge

Conspiracy to Distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine

Chennor Bah, 30

Woodbridge

Conspiracy to Distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine

Nasiru Carew, 35

 

Dale City

Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana

Nathaniel Bruce Cobbold, 27

Woodbridge

Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana

Jamar Cox, 30

Hyattsville, Maryland

Use and Carry of Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime

Robert Evans, 27

Woodbridge

Conspiracy to Distribute THC

Deion Wright, 25

Alexandria

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Kelvin Bennett, 27

Washington, D.C.

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Cydrick Delrosario, 58

Springfield

Conspiracy to Distribute 50 grams or more of Methamphetamine

Raheem Kelly, 39

Woodbridge

Conspiracy to Distribute 28 grams or more of Cocaine Base

Tayvon Patterson, 24

Elkridge, Maryland

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Tavon Bailey, 27

District Heights, MD

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Alpha Kamara, 20

Woodbridge

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Tavon Ferguson, 24

Triangle

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Samantha Winter, 22

Culpepper

False Statements During the Purchase of a Firearm

Kaitlin McCabe, 19

Woodbridge

Possession and Unlawful Transfer of a Firearm

Marcus Andrei Harris, 27

Washington, D.C.

Conspiracy to Distribute 50 grams or more of Methamphetamine, Use and Carry of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime

Teodoro Gonzales, 37

Woodbridge

Conspiracy to Distribute 5 Grams or more of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Orean Anthony Hayden, 29

Alexandria

Use and Carry of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime

Frederick Preston Gaarsoe Turner, 36

Woodbridge

Conspiracy to Distribute 50 grams or more of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute

Bryan Matthews, 19

Alexandria

Use and Carry of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime

Brandon Edler, 23

Fredericksburg

Conspiracy to Distribute 28 grams or more of Cocaine Base

Anthony Lozada, 18

Woodbridge

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

Ezana Demisse, 25

Alexandria

Use and Carry of a Firearm During and in Relation to Drug Trafficking

Michael Lederer, 31

Woodbridge

Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

Cory Patterson, 34

 

 

 

Fredericksburg

 

                

Conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, Use and Carry of a Firearm During and in Relation to Drug Trafficking

 

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Thomas L. Chittum, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the federal arrests were made and criminal complaints were unsealed. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carina A. Cuellar and Colleen E. Garcia are prosecuting the case.

The case was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Operation Tin Panda. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case Nos. 1:17-mj-547 and 1:17-mj-554.

Field Division: Washington Field Division