Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. LevyActing U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy announced the sweep. Arlington residents are among those from three New England states arrested earlier this month in a multi-agency effort to target criminal gangs, federal authorities said in a news release.

More than 40 members and associates of the Heath Street Gang, which dates to the 1980s, were charged Feb. 14 in federal court in Boston with racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking, firearms, wire fraud and financial fraud -- including Covid fraud, U.S.officials say.

This follows a two-year investigation into gang violence in Boston. Those arrested are from Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts.

According to the charging documents, the Heath Street Gang operates primarily out of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments (previously known as the Bromley Heath Housing Development) in Jamaica Plain, which is one of the largest public housing developments in greater Boston.

The three Arlingtonians named in a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts, were identified as follows:

  • Cerone Davis, 30, charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a public housing facility;
  • Rickquille McKinney, a/k/a “Ricky Mazarati,” a/k/a “Mozzy,” 30, charged with RICO conspiracy; and
  • Rachel McKinney, 32, charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act conspiracy) and wire fraud.

As the release notes, “The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”

The release notes that someone convicted of RICO conspiracy or Hobbs Act conspiracy could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

The Arlington Police Department says it is not able to share information about the three described as Arlington residents, such as their local addresses or whether they were previously known to the APD.

“The individuals listed were or have been charged with federal offenses. As mentioned previously, after arraignment, all information released on suspects must be made either by the District Attorney’s Office (state charges) or, in this case by the US Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts,” said Capt. Richard Flynn, APD spokesman.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox; James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Krol, Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations in New England; Jonathan Mellone, Special Agent in Charge of Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General; and Harry T. Chavis Jr, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations made the announcement

Additional details of the sweep are available in the news release itself.

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This announcement was published Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, based on a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts.