An accused drug supplier nabbed after an undercover bust turned fatal in Manhattan final week was performing as “security” for the deal, in response to new court docket papers.
Jefry Silvestre and an unnamed co-conspirator had been unknowingly promoting cocaine to an informant, the US Drug Enforcement Agency wrote within the Manhattan Federal Court submitting.
Silvestre had made the journey from Philadelphia to the Big Apple to deliver $15,500 in money to the co-conspirator, who then talked about he was about to do a drug deal and requested Silvestre to remain and act as safety, prosecutors contend.
But after the informant confirmed the presence of cocaine to cops, issues went south on the Vermilyea Ave constructing in Inwood, the place the sellers had been understanding of a first-floor house.
Silvestre was rapidly nabbed close to the vestibule of the constructing, allegedly tossing apart a gun as he was taken into custody, however his associate started capturing at cops after they approached, police mentioned in court docket papers.
The officers returned fireplace, with a bullet from what’s believed to be an NYPD gun striking down the trigger-happy dealer, sources beforehand informed The Post.
The operation was carried out by a longstanding federally funded joint process drive comprised of 15 businesses, together with the NYPD, the DEA, Homeland Security, the IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and others.
Silvestre and the co-conspirator had been thought-about “major players” within the metropolis’s mid-level drug commerce, sources mentioned.
Silvestre was held with out bail. His lawyer didn’t instantly return a message in search of remark.