While the text of his note may seem like something out of a HBO drama, the Suffolk County District Attorney on Tuesday said a harrowing screed written by an alleged drug dealer and pimp illustrates the type of criminal business that was being run right under the noses of locals in the community.
District Attorney Thomas Spota presented the note, titled "Rules 2 Da Game of Hoez!!!" allegedly delivered by Steven McDaniel, 29, as instructions to accomplice Sandra Russell, 26, on how to manage the prostitutes in their operation. The note was seized as part of Monday's massive bust of the organization, which ran a heroin and prostitution ring from Bronx to Brookhaven in places in Coram, Centereach, Medford as well as the American Hotel and Giunta's Meat Farms grocery story in Port Jefferson Station.
While the note's grammar and tone may strike some as laughable, the message is anything but, reducing the prostitutes to products whose "mind's, body's and soul's" are things to be owned.
Another rule advises that the pimp should "make them understand that you don't need them they need you."
For the full list, see the PDF attached to this article.
Spota said the major job of running the prostitution ring fell to Russell, and that the letter was advice from McDaniels to his associate.
"Defendant Russell was a master manipulator of these young women who, in exchange for their prostitution services, she provided housing, clothing, food, cell phones and what they needed most – heroin,” Spota said.
McDaniels, of Coram, was charged with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of conspiracy in the second degree.
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