In a third round of arrests since June of last year, ten more members and associates of the Bully Gang, including both a current and a former New York City correction officer, were arrested early Thursday by federal and city investigators, prosecutors said. Johnny Chiles, the current Department of Correction officer, and former DOC officer Darius Murphy were both arrested Thursday, accused of smuggling drugs into the Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Both are accused of accepting bribes to smuggle in comic books and court papers soaked in K2, otherwise known as synthetic marijuana, between June 2019 and June 2020.
“These current and former City Correction officers used the access and influence of their position to traffic dangerous drugs from the Bully Gang to inmates on Rikers Island in exchange for bribes, undermining the safety of the City’s jails and that of their fellow officers,” said city Department of Investigations Commissioner Margaret Garnett. The Bully Gang is a New York City-based street gang that traffics in cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and guns across the northeastern United States. The gang’s leaders allegedly would send Brooklyn-based drug dealers, which included members of the gang and other associates, to Maine to operate so-called “trap” houses, where the drugs were stored. The proceeds of their drug enterprise would get laundered through financial transactions and buying high-end goods, such as jewelry and cars, prosecutors alleged. While investigating, authorities seized more than $380,000 in cash, more than 15 funs, six kilograms of cocaine, 600 grams of fentanyl, multiple luxury watches and four vehicles with hidden “trap” compartments. [full article]