Four men are facing federal charges for allegedly trafficking firearms and distributing crack cocaine in and around the southern border of Westchester and Fairfield counties.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman and the FBI announced that Walter Jones, Frank Maxwell, Markel Calhoun and Jamar Calhoun have been charged with weapon and drug charges for alleged offenses that centered in Port Chester.
In March and February last year, Jones and Markel Calhoun allegedly conspired to traffic weapons and sold four firearms in Port Chester and Riverside in Greenwich. During that same period, the two were unlawfully in possession of the weapons, as they are both convicted felons.
Beginning in February and lasting through last month, Jones and Maxwell also conspired to allegedly distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine. Between March and May this year, Jamar Calhoun also allegedly distributed crack cocaine at least six times in Port Chester.
Jones, 30, and Calhoun, 26, were both charged with one count of firearms trafficking conspiracy and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jones and Maxwell, 36, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and Jamar Calhoun, 28, is facing six counts of distribution of crack cocaine.
If convicted, each of the men faces decades in prison.
As alleged, these defendants were responsible for selling guns and drugs, two potentially lethal commodities that plague too many communities,” Berman said. “Thanks to the FBI and the Port Chester Police, the defendants are in custody and facing federal criminal charges.”
FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. added, “public safety is at risk when criminals think they can operate outside the law, selling guns and drugs in our communities. The FBI's Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to break the cycle of addiction and violence by removing those responsible for putting weapons and narcotics on the streets.”
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