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Two members of Queens-based Black Rain drug crew charged in 1992 cold case slayings

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Justice never forgets. Two members of the New York drug crew Black Rain were indicted for their role in two 1992 murders. Both men are now into their 50s and 60s but will face charges for these cold case murders and other crimes dating back to the early 1990s.

60-year-old Darin “Satch” Hamilton and 54-year-old Jerome “Sha” Jones stand accused of participating in the 1992 murders of Anthony Lloyd and Robert Arroyo. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday morning. Jones is in federal custody.

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Hamilton is charged with the murder of Anthony Lloyd while engaged in narcotics trafficking, and both men are charged with the murder of Robert Arroyo while engaged in narcotics trafficking, as well as conspiracy to do the same.

Black Rain

Both were members of a Queens-based crew that called itself “Black Rain,” and sold drugs at several locations on Rockaway Boulevard in the early 1990s. They sold heroin under the brand name “Black Rain,” cocaine under the brand name “White Lightning” and crack cocaine under the brand name “Thunder.”

The gang conducted its business by using violence and murder to protect and expand its territory. The two 1992 slayings stem from this modus operandi.

1992 murders

The killings took place in the vicinity of 128th Street and Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park, where Hamilton and Jones managed a drug spot. As alleged, in June 1992, Hamilton shot and killed Anthony Lloyd, whom he believed had stolen from Black Rain.  

Two months later, in August 1992, Hamilton and Jones recruited and paid two members of Black Rain to murder Robert Arroyo, whom they believed was a police informant. In their first attempt, the recruits mistakenly shot another man they incorrectly believed to be Arroyo. The victim survived his wounds. On September 8, 1992, at Hamilton and Jones’s direction, the two recruits located Arroyo on a crowded street and shot him multiple times, killing him.

"We won't give up"

“Investigations grow cold with the passage of time, but investigators don’t stop searching for evidence they need to bring the suspects involved to justice,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney. “Anthony Lloyd and Robert Arroyo were murdered nearly three decades ago, and their killers may have believed they were in the clear. However, the FBI New York Metro Safe Streets Task Force and our partners at the NYPD want this case to serve as a warning for those who believe they can let their guard down, we are still on the case and we won’t give up.”

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