NEW DORP BEACH — A Staten Island man was arrested Wednesday morning for dealing cocaine to undercover officers and selling a gun to a man who led police on a wild chase in March, prosecutors said.
Damon Scott Brannon, 37, was arrested early Wednesday morning after police recovered $85,000 in cash from his home, safe deposit box and bank accounts, along with more than 80 grams of cocaine, the Staten Island District Attorney's office said.
Brannon sold a half-ounce of cocaine or more to undercover officers four times around Staten Island from June 2012 to June 2013, according to court documents.
On March 9, Brannon also sold a .44 caliber to Clinton James, 33, outside the Todt Hill Houses, which set off a chain of events that led to a police chase that day after officers tried to pull James over, acting on a tip he had a firearm, prosecutors charge.
James sped off when police approached him, pinning one with his car and injuring two others before he crashed his car into a utility pole, police said. He then fled on foot and was arrested. James was also arrested in August as part of a large drug and gun ring on Staten Island.
Brannon was charged Wednesday with criminal sale of a firearm and several counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and was held without bail, the district attorney's office said.
He was previously sent to state prison three times for drug and weapons convictions, authorities said.
Brannon's lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.
Brannon's sister Dawn Brannon, 46, who lived at his Buchanan Street stash house, and his girlfriend Kaneisha Faulkner, 30, who lived with Brannon in his Mill Road home, were also arrested on Wednesday and both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Information about Dawn Brannon and Kaneisha Faulkner's lawyers was not immediately available.