Bridgeport gang showcases exploits online

by Daniel Tepfer (Connecticut Post)
October 26, 2009

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They are the drug gang of the YouTube generation.

They call themselves the Stack Boyz, and police say the reach of the gang’s illegal drug operation extends to Shelton, Ansonia, Orange, Milford and Stratford. Their members are implicated in at least one murder and numerous drug overdoses.

Drug gangs in this area are not new. In the past, the Bloods, the Crypts and the Latin Kings figured in waves of crime and violence. While those gangs often left their graffiti “tags” on the sides of buildings and bridge abutments, the Stack Boyz brag about their exploits in videos on posted online, primarily YouTube and Facebook. In many of the videos, gang members show a hand sign with their index finger, ring finger and pinky finger extended to form a “W,” representing the city’s West Side.

“These are kids who grew up in Marina Village where they saw gang activity going on around them and decided to become that activity,” said John Brenner, recently retired Bridgeport police lieutenant who now owns a private investigation agency in Westport.

“They are living with a fantasy that will lead them to either winding up dead or living the rest of their lives behind bars,” said Brenner, who was a lead investigator into the crimes linked to the gang while he was on the police force.

While their videos can sometimes make the gang members appear almost comical, Brenner warns they have to be taken seriously.

“This gang has the potential to be very violent. You get a hot summer when the drug trade is at its peak and innocent people are going to get killed,” he said.

The Stack Boyz first came to light in July 2006 as police investigated the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Rashod Leak in Marina Village.

Following Leaks’ murder a large white sheet emblazoned with the words “Stack Boyz” was draped over a small metal fence in front of the Leaks’ home. In front of it was a row of empty liquor bottles.

At that time neighbors told the Connecticut Post the Stack Boyz are Marina Village youths who organized the gang in response to groups of P.T. Barnum Apartment youths who would come into the public housing complex, threatening others with guns. They said they got the name “Stack” from the large amount of money they planned to take in.

Since that time police said the gang has mainly moved out of Marina Village and taken up in houses in the “Woods,” an area between Wood Avenue and Beechwood Avenue.

A task force of U.S. Drug Enforcement agents and local police recently rounded up 37 reputed members of the Stack Boyz gang on charges ranging from racketeering to illegal drug sales and gun possession. Over the course of the investigation, police said gang members made 44 sales of heroin and 12 sales of cocaine to either undercover officers or cooperating witnesses.

“Throughout the course of the investigation, undercover officers and confidential witnesses contacted multiple telephone numbers to arrange for the purchase of heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine and firearms,” according to a police report of the operation.

The drugs confiscated was stamped with brand names such as Money train, Trojan horse and White Magic, police said.

On July 23, 2008, Dexter Hill, 20, a former Bassick High School quarterback, was fatally shot in his Fairfield Avenue home. The crime remains unsolved, but police say the Stack Boyz are directly involved in the incident.

Police also blame the gang for the July 12, 2008, shooting of a 6-year-old girl on Maplewood Avenue. The girl suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Police said their investigation has determined the gang has been drawing its drug customers not from Bridgeport, but from the suburbs. They said they have interviewed drug buyers from the Naugatuck Valley and Orange who had gang members’ telephone numbers on speed dial.

Of the 37 arrested more than a dozen gang members pleaded guilty to charges against them while the rest, including reputed gang leader, Junior Etienne, are awaiting trial.

Etienne, 19, who police said has been recorded arranging drug sales by telephone from the Corrigan Correctional Center since his arrest, is awaiting trial on racketeering, drug and robbery charges.

“These are boys facing some tough time behind bars and although they acted tough in the police interrogation room, once they get into the courtroom things change,” Brenner explained. “They make a big deal about not snitching on each other but they all end up doing it because they get no support once they are off the street.”

But even with the big roundup of gang members police admit the gang is not dead.

On Oct. 23, police said a 14-year-old city boy was attacked outside Cesar Batalla School by Stack Boyz because he showed gang members up at a dance.

“It’s sad from a social standpoint because gang members feel the only way they can make it in the inner city is to sell drugs and wave guns around,” Brenner said. “But tough enforcement is needed because it is an even bigger tragedy when innocent people get caught in the gang’s crossfire and get killed.”

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14 Comments for “Bridgeport gang showcases exploits online”

  1. NutcaseLowcoSDC

    man who spells crips like crypt and f#@$k them little wananbe’s haha

  2. truethatt

    This was actually a preety good article.

  3. Junior

    WHY YOU HATIN U AINT GETTIN CHEDDA LIKE DEM UZ MADD SO HOP OFF DEY sh*% ETIENNE AINT DO sh*% TAKIN f#@$k BLAME SO HOP OFF LIKEE REAL TALK U TALK LIKEE U KNO MA NIQQA U CANT DO sh*% CUZ DA LORD WIT MA NIQQA AND CRIPS IS SPELLED C.R.I.P.S NOT THE WAY U f#@$kING SPELLES IT

  4. FRANK NITTY

    JUNIOR DESERVES LIFE HE GOT SO MANY PEOPLE SHOT AND ki*lED AND THEY SOLD DRUGS SHAHEED WAS ONE OF THEM SO WAS DEXTER REST THERE SOUL K-RAQ WAS ALSO A LEADER GET THESE GUESS OF OUR STREET ALSO IN THE TRUMBALL AVE THE GOT A DRUG RING GOING AN NOBODY GONE

    • Ee shit

      f#@$k you talking bout frank was lock up 09 f#@$k guy

    • northend

      WAiT WAiT WAiT @frank yuu needa DEHYPE as soon as possible f#@$k outta here lil niqqa yuu dont wat yuu t’n bout dawq ; qet ya blank outta here mannn & leave MY BROTHER KRAQ outta of it ; yuu dont know wat yuu talkinq bout && yuu on niqqas d#$k . qet a life lil niqqa & niqqas know who yuu are yuu FRANK NITTY niqqa JUWAN brother or FHAT watevaa niqqa SUCK d#$k

    • annonymous

      This is FALSE information frank and you should not be quick to throw somebody’s name in this and they have nothing to do with it !!!!!!!!!!!! If anything you are leader of the E.S gang and apart of alot of shootings going on til this day so you need to be arrested A.S.A.P

  5. S.P

    FRANK NITTY HOP OFF guyS d#$k SAPA DONT NEED LIFE IN JAIL DAWG REAL TAWK S.P DA GHOST chick FREE SAPA KEEP YOUR HEADD UP LOVE YOU MY G

  6. Junior

    ok lets get this straight sapa is my brother by blood same mother same father and who ever got something to say bout my brother find me i be on the west homiee and s.p right my brutha dnt need life in jail and yhuu talkin bout all these dead niqqas yhuu dnt know them they was our boyz and they put they life on the line so we can become something and niqqa franky if i find out who yhuu are dawg yhuu need to chill and stack boyz aint dead we still alive handlin bussiness….free my bother sapa…..Keep ya head niqqa…….free.KB.C-Low.Smith

  7. pokkets

    Soo woo…southside…and I fux wit all my southside…blakk flags to red guy…all my marina youths and gees…guys talkin rekkless..make some programs and jobs 4 my guys instead of standing @ a safe distance komplain n…free my southside guys period…

  8. frank nitty you a chick blank guy that’s my guy’s brother so that makes him my guy too dnt let me find out who you are cuz i’ma peel you fool

  9. sapa hold ya head gawd most respect to you g atleast you in for some real serious sh*% not no punk blank nickel and dimes bags of cronic (stack boyz)live on T.F all day everyday til i die burrrrrr!!!!

  10. JUNIOR

    free ma brother i miss yhuu sh*% aint the same withou yhuu dootie aint the same with out yhuu i love yhuu bruh

  11. I wish my friend learns from this and become a man. And to frank nitty yea shoutout to all the wack boyz in p.t certain ones some of them is my Dudes.. But forget all that i wish everybody would turn in they flag and do something righteous and not chose to live that dumb life. R.i.p to K raq i cant say he aint have it coming because its all part of the life he lived. U live by it u die bye it and i hate when people say the good die young what good you talking about? At the end of the day lesson should be im not trying to mess up like this man let me go a different route. And to Stack$ ( South ) West , East and the North. There aint no wins in the drug game because all your connects work for the Goverment because aint no major weight coming in withot them knowing so if u messing with a connect at the end of the day that makes u a snitch. Open ya eyes

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