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Post date: January 7 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Sentencing Of Leader Of Major Capital Region Drug Ring

Daquan Murray, aka ‘Benji Got The Juice,’ Sentenced To 10 Years In State Prison And Three Years Post-Release Supervision

Case Stems From ‘Operation Trojan Horse’ That Resulted In Charges Against 21 Defendants

ALBANY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the sentencing of Daquan Murray, aka “Benji Got The Juice,” 21, of Troy, the ringleader of a major Capital Region drug ring. The drug ring, busted by state and local law enforcement in August 2015, operated out of Troy and trafficked drugs from New York City throughout the Capital Region.

Murray was sentenced by The Honorable Debra J. Young to 10 years in state prison, the highest sentence allowed by law. Murray will also face three years of post-release supervision. The sentencing follows Murray’s guilty plea in Rensselaer County Court last October to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, an A-II felony.


“Violent drug rings harm not only those they poison with the drugs they sell, but also the communities that endure the resulting crime and devastation,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Today the ringleader of this major Capital Region drug ring was brought to justice for the harm he has caused to so many others.”

"The message here is simple: If you deal in drugs and violence, we will catch you and send you to prison,” said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico. “We will not tolerate those who bring crime into our communities. I want to thank the Attorney General, the Organized Crime Task Force and our local law enforcement partners for their continued cooperation and vigilance in this case."

As outlined in the criminal indictments unsealed in August 2015, the narcotics distribution ring was operated out of Troy by a gang called the Young Gunnerz, the largest provider of cocaine, heroin, and illegal prescription drugs in the city. Gang members and their associates allegedly purchased large quantities of drugs from an unknown supplier in the Bronx, and then brought the narcotics back to Troy for distribution throughout Albany County, Rensselaer County, Saratoga County, and elsewhere in and outside of New York State. Murray was one of the leaders of the distribution network of the Young Gunnerz.

State investigators also seized three handguns during the investigation. As outlined in indictments, members of the Young Gunnerz allegedly drove to Albany on April 19, 2015 and fired several shots at rival gang members in an attempt to intimidate them.

The case against the Young Gunnerz gang has resulted in criminal charges against 21 defendants. To date, 15 have pleaded guilty and six have not yet entered a plea.

The charges against the remaining defendants are accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) has now taken down 25 large drug trafficking gangs, made more than 580 felony narcotics arrests, and seized more than $1.5 million and more than 2,000 pounds of illegal drugs.

The investigation was conducted by OCTF Investigator Jonathon Molik with Investigator William Charles with the assistance of Albany Police Department, Troy Police Department, Watervliet Police Department, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rensselaer and Albany County district attorneys.

The case is being prosecuted by OCTF Assistant Deputy Attorney General Michael Sharpe. Deputy Attorney General Peri Alyse Kadanoff runs the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force. The Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice is Kelly Donovan.

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