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Wanted cocaine smuggler nabbed in Springfield Gardens shootout with U.S. marshals: reports


| editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

In a scene straight from an action movie, U.S. marshals serving a warrant at a home in Springfield Gardens exchanged shots with their suspect late Tuesday night, according to published reports.

Marshals surrounded the house at 144th Drive and 175th Street at about 11 p.m. and broke down the door with a battering ram, reports said. The suspect was wearing a bullet proof vest and was the first to open fire. The marshals returned fire and the suspect was wounded in his left hand during the gunfire. Witnesses told the New York Daily News that after being injured, the suspect threw his gun outside his apartment and surrendered to the marshals.

The suspect, Oswald Lewis, was wanted by the DEA for cocaine smuggling and by the NYPD for a stabbing in Brooklyn, according to published reports, and had been on the run for more than two decades.

The shootout terrified the residents in the neighboring houses, with one witness telling the New York Post that it was like a movie. “It was so surreal,” she said.

The suspect was taken to Jamaica Hospital for treatment, reports said. None of the marshals or NYPD cops acting as backup were hurt.

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Former 111th Precinct officer busted by DEA


| tcimino@queenscourier.com

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This time, he was on the wrong side of the cuffs.

Devon Daniels, formerly assigned to the 111th Precinct in Bayside, was arrested on Tuesday, May 15 for his role in allegedly aiding drug dealers.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Daniels, 30, “abused his authority and position of trust by accessing a computer database of the FBI in a manner that exceeded authorized access.”

The criminal complaint details how the DEA office in Wichita, Kansas had been investigating a heroin trafficking organization since 2008; wiretaps revealed that Daniels allegedly communicated with the leader of a Jamaica-based heroin distribution organization on numerous occasions to, among other things, ask for money and to borrow vehicles.

The alleged dealer also asked Daniels how to “get gun shot residue off your hands,” and was provided with an official NYPD parking plaque.

DEA officials also say that Daniels ascertained information from his colleagues regarding drug arrests, which he then passed along to members; he also performed criminal background checks and obtained license plate information for the dealers, reportedly using the mobile computers inside police crusiers.

Daniels’ bank account was also used “to facilitate financial transactions that involved drug proceeds.”

It was unclear at the time of his arrest, executed by the DEA, IRS and NYPD Internal Affairs, what charges Daniels faced.