2 charged with 2021 murder at Brooklyn NYCHA complex as part of broader drug trafficking charges

The Red Hook Houses, where Felton Durant was murdered on April 25, 2021.
The Red Hook Houses, where Felton Durant was murdered on April 25, 2021. Photo credit Google Street View

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Four men were charged for selling crack cocaine, and two of them were charged for a 2021 murder, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

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Danzel Mackins, Darrin Samuels, Jamel Williams and Brandon Wilkins were hit with the drug charges, but just Mackins and Samuels were charged for the murder of Felton Durant.

Durant was fatally shot at the Red Hook Houses, a Brooklyn NYCHA complex, on April 25.

Prosecutor’s believe the shooting was related to the group’s drug dealing operation.

“Felton Durant was shot to death in broad daylight on a weekend afternoon over a drug trafficking dispute,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams. “Danzel Mackins and Darrin Samuels participated in that brutal killing, which took place in the middle of a busy public housing development in South Brooklyn.  We are not going to give up any neighborhood, anywhere in this City to drug violence, and the charges unsealed today should make that clear to all violent actors who endanger our neighborhoods and our communities.”

All four defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Mackins and Samuels were also charged with using firearms in connection with a drug trafficking crime and murder.

If convicted, Mackins and Samuels face a maximum sentence of life in prison, while Williams and Wilkins would face a maximum sentence of 40 years.