Neutered: The Rise and Fall of the Dog Pound Gang

Sex trafficking. Prostitution. Identity Theft. Fraud. How one Fresno gang confounded cops with its operations until last week.




The case in the federal court’s Eastern District/California lists the United States of America as the plaintiff.

The defendants in this portion of Operation Dog Track are:

1.) James York, aka “YD”; “AKA”; “York Dog”; “Jamari York”

2.) Trenell Monson, aka “Nachi”; “Nachi Chedda”; “Chedda”

3.) Deandre Stanfill, aka “Dre”

4.) Darrell Maxey, aka “Dre P”

5.) Davon Millro, aka “Pae Dae”

6.) Kenneth Wharry, aka “Dook”; “DK”

7.) Kenneth Johnson, aka “Coo Nut”

8.) Kiandre Johnson, aka “Key Da P”

9.) Anthony Windfield, aka “Freaky Ant”

10.) William Lee, aka “Chill Will”; “CW”

11.) Markeith Canady, aka “Gooby”

12.) Kevin Packard, aka “KayPee”; “KP”

13.) Aquilla Bailey, aka “Lil Quill”

14.) Steven Blackmon, aka “Pook Da Most”; “Moses”; “Mostest”

15.) Nastasha Parks, aka “Stasha”

16.) Luther Newsome

17.) Sharika Gaines

18.) Marvin Larry

Smith in his affidavit itemized his professional resume: Special agent with the California DOJ since 2001; currently assigned to the Fresno Regional Office; Fresno State graduate; personally interviewed in the course of his career more than 500 gang members accused of everything from homicide and kidnapping to embezzlement and dope-dealing.

Smith wrote that during Operation Dog Track he consulted with Fresno Police Detective David Fries, who also is an experienced investigator of all things gangs but is particularly knowledgeable about the sordid world of human trafficking.

Citing Fries as his expert source, Smith said there are three basic types of pimps in Fresno.

There is the Street pimp. The females walk the pavement, trolling for customers. This pimp usually recruits females already in prostitution.

There is the Romeo pimp. This guy begins by romancing a woman. When she develops deep feelings for him, he uses emotional pressure – guilt – to force her into prostitution. The lure: We’ll have a better life together.

There is the Gorilla pimp. This guy simply beats a woman until she submits to becoming a prostitute. If that doesn’t work, he threatens to harm the woman’s loved ones – even her children.

Of course, pimps change their tactics to fit the circumstances. The one constant is recruiting.

“Females are being recruited through [F]acebook, [T]witter, [I]nstagram and other social media outlets,” Smith wrote. “This ability to recruit girls out of their own houses has exploded the numbers of victims and increased the target pool for the pimps.”

What drives a woman into prostituting herself for a pimp? The entire range of human despair and illusion comes into play, Smith wrote. But once snared into this world, he added, the woman finds her life bounded by harsh rules.

For example, Smith wrote, a pimp will insist that his prostitute avoid “looking at any other black males for fear the female will be recruited by another pimp or the female will find a new pimp….” The woman can’t ask for permission to buy something with money she made on the street. She has to pay an exit fee to the pimp to quit the prostitution lifestyle (getting out of “the game”).

The woman, essentially, is a slave to her pimp.

Still, Smith wrote, a pimp with more than one prostitute needs managerial help. This is where the “Bottom B*tch” comes to the rescue. This typically is the woman who has been working the longest for the pimp or is the pimp’s most trusted prostitute.

“The Bottom B*tch (or ‘Bottom’) is in charge of the other girls when the pimp is not around and will often fulfill all the roles of the pimp in his absence,” Smith wrote. “These roles include: collecting the money, monitoring the other females and amount of money they should have, monitoring the website postings and even discipline. The bottom b*tch is often under the impression that the pimp loves her and she is his girlfriend/wife… while the other girls are there only to support the pimp and the bottom b*tch.”

That’s the background for the human trafficking angle of Operation Dog Track. There’s also the fraud angle. Smith wrote that he got considerable help in this regard from Fresno Police Detective Ken Dodd, a 22-year veteran of the force.

Smith wrote that 16 of the 18 defendants are charged with crimes connected to fraud, prostitution, human trafficking or being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The affidavit also supports a complaint “charging Monson, James York, Maxey, Stanfill, Millro, Wharry, Kenneth Johnson, Kiandre Johnson, Anthony Windfield, and Lee with… conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering,” Smith wrote.

The alleged criminal acts of most of the defendants were tied to a longstanding rivalry between Dog Pound Gangsters (DPG) and other Fresno gangs, Smith wrote.

Dog Pound Gangsters, Smith wrote, is an “enterprise” engaged in interstate and foreign commerce. DPG, he wrote, “constituted an ongoing organization whose members functioned as a continuing unit for a common purpose of achieving the objectives of the enterprise.”

Smith’s affidavit is 256 pages because Dog Pound Gangsters is such a complex organization. Dyer at the news conference said it has an estimated 200 validated members and associates just in the Fresno area. Business takes the gangsters to cities throughout California and neighboring states. Gang members and associates need to be managed, cajoled, threatened, trained and paid. Organizational authority must be maintained. Shifting market demands must be recognized and met. Institutional memory must be protected. Brand image among the public needs constant burnishing.

And, perhaps most important of all, outside threats must be met and eliminated or avoided.

Law enforcement is one such threat.

Another is rival gangs.

DPG honcho Kenneth Wharry on March 26, 2016 was shot but not killed. Some Dog Pound gangsters thought the shooters were members of TWAMP, described by Smith as a “conglomerate” of rival gangs.

“What followed was a concerted effort to obtain guns, identify targets, and kill TWAMP members,” Smith wrote. Various Dog Pound gangsters “engaged in a variety of activities to accomplish the goal of murdering TWAMP members.”

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