7 charged for Brooklyn drug deal robbery that ended in fatal shooting

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two men from Jamaica were charged for fatally shooting someone while trying to rob drug dealers of over 140 pounds of marijuana in Brooklyn, according to court documents that were unsealed Tuesday.

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A federal grand jury in Brooklyn indicted Marcus Ricketts, 45, and Mark Goulbourne, 48, on 14 counts related to the robbery and murder on June 15.

Mark Goulbourne is still at large.

Five other associates are also facing charges related to the robbery. Jonathan Goulbourne, Romeo Desmond Jonas, Chevonne Williams and Ameri Webber face charges for robbery, drug trafficking and firearm offenses, while Juvanie Crossgill is charged with accessory to murder as well.

The men, who live in New York City, Georgia, Texas and Jamaica respectively, were part of an armed robbery crew that targeted marijuana dealers in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx starting in at least July 2020.

They rented an Airbnb in Brighton Beach for the night of Dec. 2, 2021 for the setup.

During the early morning hours of Dec. 3, 2021, the crew met with a group of wholesale drug dealers for a supposed deal.

A shootout broke out when they attempted to rob the dealers, leaving three people shot, one of whom died.

“The defendants’ robbery and drug trafficking activity exploded into violence with three persons shot, one of them fatally, demonstrating the lethal combination of guns and narcotics plaguing our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace.

At the Airbnb, the NYPD found the victim’s body, two guns, 15 shell casings, a money counting machine and a large duffle bag full of marijuana.

Two other bags were later recovered and a fourth was never found.

In total, police recovered 140 pounds of marijuana.

Ricketts, both Goulbournes and Jonas all face up to life in prison if convicted.

Williams and Webber each face up to 20 years in prison, and Crossgill faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.