A federal grand jury indicted 11 defendants, including three men from the Germantown-area, for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute drugs. Of the 11, four were brothers from the same family, while eight were Montgomery County residents and three were from New Jersey.
The indicted Germantown-area men included; Nikko Taylor Wright, 25, of Germantown; Brandon Alexander Ade, 24, of Germantown; and Ilya Bechutsky, 29, of Boyds.
Also indicted were; Mario Finesse Wright, also known as, Super and Finesse, 27, of New Jersey; Clayton Dion Hollywood Wright, also known as, Hollywood, and Harrison Wright, 22, of New Jersey; Maximillan Kabir Bradford Wright, 21, of New Jersey; Shahryar Talebi-Nejad, also known as, Skeet, 27, of North Potomac; Matthew Joseph Hochman, also known as, Greasy, 28, of Gaithersburg; Daniel Rocco Famulare, 28, of Gaithersburg; Arian Siasi, also known as, The Prince of Persia, 25, of Silver Spring; and Terrence Devon Taylor, also known as, Scoop, and T, 27, of Clinton, Md.
The indictment was returned Wednesday and unsealed Thursday upon the arrests of the defendants and the execution of search warrants at over 20 locations in Maryland and New Jersey by over 250 members of law enforcement.
According to the indictment and evidence presented to the court, from at least March 2014 to May 2016, the defendants conspired to distribute heroin and cocaine. The government contends that the three New Jersey-based brothers, Mario, Clayton, and Max Wright, supplied their Germantown-based brother, Nikko Wright, with large quantities of heroin and cocaine over the course of several years, and that Nikko Wright in turn distributed those drugs to a network of dealers in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
The Wright brothers, Shahryar Talebi-Nejad, and Matthew Hochman, all face sentences of up to 40 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of five years. The other defendants all face sentences of up to 20 years in prison. Initial appearances were being held Thursday, May 26 in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski of the Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey Field Division; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.
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