Boston Police report nine people were charged after a two-year investigation by Boston and federal investigators into drug and gun crimes by member of the Heath Street Gang at the Mildred Hailey Apartments, formerly known as Bromley-Heath.
The development, one of the largest owned by the Boston Housing Authority, has been severely impacted by the prevalence of drug trafficking, shootings and other crimes, much of which is instigated by gangs. According to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, over a 10-month period in 2017, there were 36 incidents of shots fired, eight non-fatal shootings, one homicide, 20 drug-related arrests and 25 robberies in and around the development. According to court documents, the investigation and arrests aim to reduce violence and improve the quality of life for residents by removing individuals who traffic drugs and who are actively involved in violence and gang disputes.
Alleged Heath Street Gang members Cerone "JP" Davis, 25, Joe "Profit" Simmons, 30, and Jarrod "Rizz" Simmons, 21, were charged with distribution of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a public housing facility, police say.
Alleged gang members Dominique "Heff" Finch, 27, James Finch, 32, Javonte "Biggie" Robinson, 21, and Kevin "Works" Smith, 27, were charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and distribution of cocaine base within 1000 feet of a public housing facility. James Finch remains at large, police say.
Franklin "Frankie So So Smooth" Safo-Agyare, 25, of Worcester, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Kendrick "K-Roc" Tate, 25, of Chelsea, was charged with distribution of cocaine base and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Tate is currently serving a three-and-a-half-to-four-year sentence for unrelated state drug and firearm convictions.
Affidavit by ATF agent on the case (13.1M PDF).