Franklin County: Kick Up Boys suspect in custody

Franklin County Courthouse in Chambersburg, PA
Kick-Up Boys suspect
Nyree Wright

A Kick-Up Boys drug distribution ring suspect faces felony charges here this month in connection with illegal trade activity.

Nyree R. Wright, 27, was an inmate at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark when he was returned to Franklin County March 13. Charges include participating in a corrupt organization and conspiracy. Franklin County was holding an arrest warrant issued in November 2019.

Wright was one of 16 people accused of being members of the gang. Three are still at large.

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In addition to the corrupt organization charge, Wright faces a conspiracy charge. Both are first degree felonies.

The charges against alleged members of the gang came out of a joint county-wide investigation into illegal drug activity. Chambersburg Police Department, the Franklin County Drug Task Force, Pennsylvania State Police and the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office participated in the investigation.

A Investigative Grand Jury used information provided by those investigators in a 2017-1918 probe of the county’s illegal drug trade.

Read: Grand Jury takes on local opioid crisis

Investigators and the Grand Jury identified members or associates of a gang known as the “Kick-Up Boys.” On October 3, 2019, Chambersburg police announced it had arrested 11 members of the gang and had warrants for the arrest of five more, including Wright.

Three are still at large, including Michael D. Johnson III, now 21, of Waynesboro; Monique Roman, 19, of Chambersburg and Joel Hernandez, 25, of Parlin, N.J.

Wright is in Franklin County Jail, unable to post $350,000 bail set by Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns at his preliminary arraignment March 16. A preliminary hearing in the case takes place April 12 in Franklin County’s Magisterial District Central Court.

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