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Two Accused Eddie Block Gang Members Plead Guilty

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By Fox 40 Staff.
There are now three of nine accused members that have pleaded guilty in their roles in the drug trafficking "Eddie Block Gang".

On Tuesday, Terrill Collins, 23, and Rashawn Cauthen, 25, both pleaded guilty to felony counts of drug trafficking conspiracy. In addition, Cauthen pleaded guilty to a felony charge of carrying a firearm while drug trafficking.

In accepting the plea deal Tuesday morning, Collins admitted he was involved in the group's packaging and distribution of at least one kilogram of heroin throughout Broome County from January of 2014 to November of 2015.

Thursday afternoon, in accepting the plea deal Cauthen confirmed that he was involved in the conspiracy dealing with cocaine base. Investigators say Cauthen sold approximately one eightball, or about 3.5 grams, of crack cocaine a week over a year and a half.

Cauthen also pleaded guilty to accusations of carrying a loaded .22 caliber revolver while selling crack cocaine.

Both Cauthen and Collins are scheduled for sentencing in Binghamton in July.

Cauthen could face at least 14 years for admitting to his charges, while Collins could face at least six and a half years. Judge Thomas McAvoy will make the final decision on how much time each defendant serves.

The "Eddie Block Gang" arrests on November 17, 2015, came after an extensive investigation by law enforcement, which used wire taps to track their activity, and set up drug sales between the suspects using undercover cops and confidential informants.

On March 2, accused member John Abbadessa, 21, of Binghamton, pleaded guilty to a felony of drug trafficking conspiracy. Accepting the plea deal, Abbadessa confirmed in court that he was involved with the packaging or distribution of at least one kilogram of heroin.


(@MollyDarrowWICZ) March 10, 2016