Capital Region Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Offenses

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Darrell Chapman, a/k/a “Bishop,” a/k/a “Sly Foxx,” age 39, of Rensselaer, New York, pled guilty today to narcotics and gun offenses.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett; and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Chapman is a self-described founder of the East Bishop Family, a set of the Bloods gang operating in the Capital Region.  In pleading guilty, Chapman admitted to regularly obtaining distribution-size quantities of cocaine and heroin in New York City, which he and others sold in the Albany area.  In addition to Albany, Chapman’s drug-distribution operations reached to Rochester, New York, and to Pennsylvania. 

In the early morning hours of October 18, 2017, Chapman was stopped returning to Albany from New York City with 250 grams of heroin.  Later in the day, law enforcement seized over 100 grams of cocaine from Chapman’s jewelry store, “The Freezer,” on South Pearl Street in Albany, and seized digital scales, a money counter, and $3,910 in cash from Chapman’s home in Rensselaer.  In searching a Chevy Malibu parked behind Chapman’s home, law enforcement seized approximately 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, cutting agent, and additional digital scales.  Law enforcement also seized four handguns and two rifles, some of which were loaded, and over 100 rounds of ammunition.  Chapman admitted he used the guns to protect his drugs and drug proceeds. 

In pleading guilty, Chapman agreed to be sentenced to 262 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  Senior United States District Judge Fredrick J. Scullin Jr. will sentence him on June 10, 2020. 

This case was investigated by the New York State Police and the FBI, with assistance from the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyrus P.W. Rieck. 

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