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5 NYC employees charged with smuggling weapons, drugs to detained youth in Brooklyn

June 26, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOWNTOWN — FIVE CITY EMPLOYEES were arrested and charged in federal court in Brooklyn Wednesday with smuggling in weapons, drugs, cell phones and other contraband to incarcerated youth in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes. Charged were Administration for Children’s Services employees Da’Vante Bolton, Roger Francis, Christopher Craig and Nigel King, and former ACS employee Octavia Napier, all employed at the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brownsville. Between March 2022 and May 2024, inspections uncovered more than 340 scalpels or razor blades, narcotics, tobacco and at least 75 cell phones at the supposedly secure facility holding roughly 120 youth. “As alleged, these so-called ‘Youth Development Specialists’ violated their duty to the city and the residents at Crossroads … placing young people and other staff members at an alarming risk of serious harm,”  U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement.

The Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brownsville. Photo via Google Maps
The Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brownsville. Photo via Google Maps

The defendants range in age from 26 to 58. Their initial appearances were scheduled for Wednesday afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Marutollo.

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