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Bloods Leader Who Kept Cocaine in His Jewelry Store Is Sentenced to Prison

He pleaded guilty to narcotics and gun offenses.

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ALBANY, NY – A Bloods gang leader who owned a jewelry store in Albany, NY, has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison.

Darrell Chapman, also known as “Bishop” and “Sly Foxx,” age 40, was ordered to serve 198 months behind bars for narcotics and gun offenses, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.

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Chapman is a self-described founder of the East Bishop Family, a set of the Bloods operating in the Capital Region. In pleading guilty, Chapman admitted to regularly obtaining distribution-size quantities of cocaine and heroin in New York City, which he and others sold in the Albany area, accordin to the release. In addition to Albany, Chapman’s drug-distribution operations reached as far as Rochester, NY, and to Pennsylvania.

On Oct. 18, 2017, Chapman was stopped returning to Albany from New York City with 250 grams of heroin, according to the release. Later in the day, law enforcement seized over 100 grams of cocaine from Chapman’s jewelry store, The Freezer, on South Pearl Street in Albany. Authorities also seized digital scales, a money counter, and $3,910 in cash from Chapman’s home in Rensselaer.

In searching a Chevy Malibu parked behind Chapman’s home, authorities seized approximately 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, cutting agent and additional digital scales. They also seized four handguns and two rifles, some of which were loaded, and over 100 rounds of ammunition. Chapman admitted that he used the guns to protect his drugs and drug proceeds.

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In 1997 and 1998, Chapman was convicted in state court of robbery, attempted robbery and criminal sale of a controlled substance, and was on parole at the time of his arrest on Oct. 18, 2017.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. also imposed a five-year term of supervised release, to begin after Chapman is released from prison. The terms of Chapman’s supervise release prohibit him from associating with any member, associate or prospect of the Bloods, or any other criminal gang, club or organization.

This case was investigated by the New York State Police and FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyrus P.W. Rieck.

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