For Immediate Release
Six Members of Paterson-Based 230 Boys Gang Indicted in 29-Count Second Superseding Indictment
NEWARK, N.J. – A federal grand jury has indicted six members of a Paterson street gang on charges of selling heroin and fentanyl, including a charge against one defendant for distributing heroin and fentanyl with death resulting, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Charged in a 29-count second superseding indictment are: Wyzier Peterson, 23, a/k/a “Trap;” Carl Brown, 26, a/k/a “C Dub,” a/k/a “Dub;” Aaryn Abrams, 24, a/k/a “AI;” Najier Boone, 24, a/k/a “Bebe;” Zikeme Brooks, 27, a/k/a “Zeek,” a/k/a “Ace;” and Jimir Ricks, 26, a/k/a “40,” a/k/a “Red.” 26.
The defendants are charged as follows:
|1||Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and 40 grams or more of fentanyl||Peterson, Brown, Abrams, Boone, Brooks, and Ricks|
|2||Distribution of heroin and fentanyl||Peterson and Ricks|
|3||Distribution of heroin||Brown and Boone|
|4||Distribution of heroin and fentanyl (with death resulting from the substance)||Peterson|
|5||Distribution of heroin||Peterson|
|6-13||Distribution of controlled substances (heroin and fentanyl)||Ricks|
|15||Distribution of heroin and fentanyl||Ricks and Abrams|
|16-18||Distribution of controlled substances (heroin and fentanyl)||Abrams|
|19-24||Distribution of controlled substances (heroin and fentanyl)||Boone|
|25||Distribution of heroin and fentanyl||Brooks|
|26||Distribution of 28 grams or more cocaine base||Boone|
|27||Possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base||Abrams|
|28||Use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime||Abrams|
|29||Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon||Abrams|
According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
The defendants and their conspirators are members and associates of the 230 Boys street gang, which operates primarily in and around Rosa Parks Boulevard and Godwin Avenue within the City of Paterson. Through numerous controlled purchases of narcotics, consensually recorded telephone calls and text messages, physical surveillance, and the analysis of telephone call detail records, law enforcement determined that from at least September 2018 through July 3, 2019, the defendants and their conspirators conspired to distribute narcotics, including heroin and fentanyl. In October 2019, the defendants and 10 other members and associates of the 230 Boys were charged by complaint.
Six co-defendants have since pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti: Keith Brinkley, 30; Isaiah Hargrove, 21; Tyson Jacobs, 21; Amir Jones, 21; Dwayne Northern, 35; and Cequan Wharton, 30, all of Paterson.
Count 4 carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a mandatory fine of $1 million. Counts 1 and 26 carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, and a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $5 million. Counts 2-3 and 5-27 carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million. Count 28 carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison, which must run consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed, as well as a maximum fine of $250,000. Count 29 carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
This case is being conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents and task force officers with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson in Newark; officers of the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; officers of the Paterson Police Department, under the direction of Director Jerry Speziale and Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora; and detectives of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and the Belleville and Livingston police departments for their assistance with the case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations in the second superseding indictment and previous criminal complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.