I'm very glad that Colleen Long(Reporter for the Associated Press), Spelled Corley's name right, Because they're are so many un-truth's in this article, In regards to Corley getting popped for drug trafficking this week in New York, Corley was one of the biggest kingpins on the drug circuit in New York during the early 80's thru the early 90's, Along with Corley being one of the elite status willy's on the drug circuit in Queens during the 80's with Fatcat, Supreme, Tommy Mickens,
The Feratudo Brothers(Lance,Todd and Tony), and Before he got popped for Drug Trafficking during the early 80's, Ronnie Bump from Hollis, Corley started out on the movin weight circuit in Queens in 1979(With Supreme, Lance and Tony Feratudo and a few years later around 1982, Fatcat, Corley was not down with the Supreme Team as the article states, Corley had his own crew in 40 Projects in Jamaica,Queens from 1979 thru the late 80's, Supreme had Baisley Projects(New
York Blvd and Foch Blvd in Jamaica,Queens), On-lock during the same time frame(Late 1979 thru the early 90's), Infact, Corley was the only cat who was movin mad weight in Queens during the 80's, To never get popped for drug trafficking in regards to Corley going upnorth for mad years like Supreme(Who is doing a Life's push at ADX Supermax Federal Prison in Coldorado, Along with Pap Mason(Who was Fatcats enforcer during the 80's who is doing life for multiple murders,
Especially the murders of two New York city police Officers, Officer Rooney who was Fatcats Parole Officer, Officer Rooney was killed in 1985 in Jamaica,Queens via Pap Mason, and, Officer Ed Brynes who was killed in 1989 via the orders of Pap Mason, Fatcat(Who will be coming home in 2026, Cats at Clinton Correctional
Facility, The same spot that Tupac was in during the mid 90's), Tommy(Tony Montana)Mickens, Who came home from Drug Trafficking and Tax Evasion charges in 2008, Prince(Who is doing a life without the possibility of Parole push upstate), Etc, Also, Corley was Jam-Master Jay's brother-in-law, Corley and Jay we're mad crew before Jay was popped in 2002 in his recording studio in Jamaica,Queens.
NEW YORK (AP) — A notorious drug dealer who got his start during the crack epidemic of the 1980s and was so good at hiding his whereabouts that he was known as "the ghost" has been arrested along with dozens of others on new charges, police and prosecutors said Thursday.
James Corley, 51, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and other drug charges after a 15-month undercover investigation that used wiretaps and surveillance, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Forty-four other people were also charged with drug crimes in the dismantling of Corley's operation, known as the Supreme Team, and another drug gang, authorities said.
Corley supplied cocaine to a second gang called the South Side Bloods, and low-level dealers grossed about $15,000 a week in drug sales, Kelly said. Burned by a wiretap before, Corley used at least eight different phones, authorities said.
"He had an uncanny ability to keep his associates in the dark. No one knew where he lived, what phone number he used, what car he drove," Kelly said.
A call to Corley's lawyer wasn't immediately returned Thursday.
The case was pieced together by Detective David Leonardi, who said the dealers used a language called the "5 percenter" where every number and letter had its own word and members decoded messages about drug orders. The wiretaps also netted information on illegal guns and a possible killing in South Carolina.
Corley came of age during the crack era of the late 1980s and was an associate of the Supreme Team, which controlled housing projects and corners in Queens, the ground zero of the crack epidemic in New York. Crime was rampant; in 1990, the number of murders hit an all-time high of 2,245.
The Supreme Team was run by legendary gang leader Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, who reputedly funneled drug money into rap music label Murder Inc. He's now serving life without parole for a pair of murders after a 2007 conviction.
It was a brutal drug gang that came out of the same Queens streets where platinum rappers 50 Cent and Ja Rule emerged years later. At its peak, the Supreme Team's network of dealers was making $200,000 a day, authorities said.
After McGriff did jail time on a drug conviction, he was released in 1997 and aligned himself with neighborhood friend and music mogul Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo. The one-time street thugs produced one film: "Crime Partners," a straight-to-video affair that featured Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg and Ice-T.
The Supreme Team was responsible for the shooting of NYPD Officer Edward Byrne in 1988, authorities said, but Corley wasn't charged in that killing. He was jailed once in the 1980s on drug charges, and was later convicted of manslaughter for beating to death a man he believed to be a police informant, and served more than three years, police said.
New York Police Department Capt. James Ryan said the takedown this week finally signaled the end of the remnants of the team that had terrorized Queens for decades.
"We feel it's pretty much dismantled now with Corley being taken out of the picture," he said. "It remains to be seen, we're always vigilant and we think this is the end of them."
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