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Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Takes Down Illegal Gun Operation

November 29, 2011

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, working with the Newark Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) arrested six individuals for running an illegal gun distribution network in the City of Newark.More »

Manville, N.J., Man Sentenced to Prison for Possession and Sale of Stolen Firearms

November 7, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. – A Somerset County man was sentenced today to 20 months in federal prison for possession and sale of approximately 150 stolen firearms, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »

Lucchese Organized Crime Family Member and Associate Among 13 Arrested, Charged for Racketeering and Other Offenses, Including Illegal Takeover of Publicly Traded Company

November 2, 2011

CAMDEN, N.J. – Thirteen individuals, including an alleged member and an associate of the Lucchese organized crime family, are charged with racketeering and related offenses in an Indictment unsealed this morning in conjunction with arrests in the case, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division announced.More »

Bergen County Woman Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot Against Rival

October 27, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. – A Bergen County, N.J., woman appeared in federal court today after her arrest last night for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill a romantic rival, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »

Federal Jury Convicts Camden Man for Illegal Firearm Possession

September 14, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. — Torien Brooks, a set leader in the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang, admitted today to murdering an innocent teenager in a case of mistaken identity, kidnapping a rival gang member and conspiring to distribute narcotics as part of a racketeering conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »

New Jersey Gang Member Admits Mistaken Identity Murder, Other Gang–Related Crimes

September 13, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. — Torien Brooks, a set leader in the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang, admitted today to murdering an innocent teenager in a case of mistaken identity, kidnapping a rival gang member and conspiring to distribute narcotics as part of a racketeering conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »

Bloods Leader Arrested, Charged With Possessing Arsenal of Weapons Tied to Murders and Other Violent Acts in Newark

August 26, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. – An alleged leader of the Sex Money Murder set of the Bloods street gang was arrested today and charged with possessing eleven firearms, including two firearms tied to homicides in Newark, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »

Washington Township, New Jersey Felon Sentenced to Prison for Weapons Stockpile

June 29, 2011

TRENTON, N.J. — A Bergen County man who is a previously convicted felon was sentenced today to 70 months in federal prison for possessing a cache of 36 firearms in his Washington Township home and an additional gun in his car, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »

ATF Announces Up to $5,000 Reward for Information on Concord Chemical Arson

June 24, 2011

CAMDEN — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Newark Field Division Special Agent in Charge Matthew G. Horace announced today the posting of a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire that destroyed the former Concord Chemical Company facility in Camden, N.J.More »

Three Southern New Jersey Men Arrested, Charged in Drug Robbery Sting

May 26, 2011

CAMDEN, N.J. – Three southern New Jersey men were charged today and remain in federal custody following their arrests last night in Maple Shade, N.J., as a result of a sting operation in which they believed they were on their way to rob a drug stash house, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. More »

Trenton Man Pleads Guilty to Leading Network that Trafficked Guns into New Jersey from Virginia to Sell to Gang Members

April 25, 2011,

TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that a Trenton man pleaded guilty today to leading a network that trafficked guns to Trenton from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The defendant was linked to guns recovered in connection with several homicide investigations and a narcotics investigation.More »

Newark Man Sentenced to More than 10 Years in Prison for Illegally Dealing in Firearms, Including Machine Gun

April 5, 2011,

NEWARK, N.J. — Cory Melvin was sentenced today to 121 months in federal prison for offenses related to his illegal possession and sale of firearms, including the sale of a machine gun in Newark, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »

Newark Man Arrested, Brothers Charged with Possessing Firearms In Connection with Newark Shootout

February 25, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. – Davion Jackson, 27, of Irvington, N.J., appeared in federal court today following his arrest this morning on a firearms offense connected to a Newark shootout, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »

Sweeping Racketeering Indictment Charges 15 Members of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims Bloods Set

January 24, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. – Fifteen alleged members and associates of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims Set of the Bloods street gang are charged with racketeering conspiracy in a sweeping Indictment unsealed today. The second superseding Indictment outlines, among other things, murder and murder conspiracies, numerous aggravated assaults, a kidnapping, firearms offenses, and various controlled substance distribution conspiracies, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »

New York Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Contraband Cigarettes in New Jersey

January 6, 2011

CAMDEN, N.J. — A New York woman was sentenced today to nine months in federal prison and nine months in a halfway house for selling untaxed cigarettes through the Internet to restaurants and individuals in New Jersey, resulting in a $3.9 million revenue loss to the state, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.More »