“Boris Ford, 57, of Main Street in Roosevelt Island, Manhattan, is charged in a 68-count grand jury indictment with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and conspiracy in the fourth degree,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. Later, disturbing weapons charges were also filed against Ford.
by David Stone
Disruption on Main Street
Before 7:00 a.m., on the morning on July 13th, a local resident contacted The Daily.
“Early Morning NYPD Activity… Around and in 580 Main St, with a visit or two to the Deli when it opened at 6 am. Mostly unmarked SUVs and Sedans parked by crosswalk by RIOC’s barricade. NYPD folks in mostly black shirts & pants & bulletproof vests, with some guns & longer guns.”
In its usual fashion, RIOC’s Public Safety Department was silent on the incident, but yesterday, DA Katz seemed to fill in the blanks. A search warrant had been executed at Boris Ford’s Main Street apartment, preceding the indictments.
Also indicted was Ford’s son Barshawn, 29; Esau Daniels, 28; and Leon Spears, 60, all of Jamaica, Queens. According to Katz, “The defendants have variously been charged with conspiracy, criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.”
Thirteen-month surveillance centered on Boris Ford’s “mobile telephone” where he was allegedly overhead recruiting participants for a drug ring.
“Detectives assigned to the Queens South Violent Crime Squad, including undercovers, determined that the elder Ford had enlisted his son Barshawn Ford and at least three other men in an alleged scheme to sell narcotics in a Queens neighborhood near 157th Street and 109th Avenue. The men allegedly ran an open market, controlling a dead-end street where customers could walk up and purchase illicit narcotics on demand.”
A Second Arraignment for Boris Ford as a Major Trafficker
“Additionally,” Katz report said, “the defendant was arraigned last Friday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Denise Johnson on a five-count criminal court complaint charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, operating as a major trafficker, conspiracy in the second degree, possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.”
The DA’s report was not specific about the weapon for which Boris Ford was charged but noted, “The search warrants yielded four illegal firearms (including a MAC-11 submachine gun)…”