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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Jersey

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Philip R. Sellinger
, United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney Announces Coordinated Law Enforcement Actions to Combat Violent Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking

Criminal Charges Brought Against 42 Defendants, Including Multiple Members of Several Different Gangs Operating Throughout New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced criminal charges today against 42 defendants related to racketeering, violence, narcotics distribution, and federal firearms offenses. The charges stem from five separate investigations conducted by federal, state and local enforcement partners.

“Keeping New Jersey safe and reducing violent crime are core to this Office’s mission, and I have no higher priority as U.S. Attorney. The scourge of senseless gun violence plagues too many of our communities, particularly in our urban centers. We are committed to protecting the public from violent criminal organizations, and we will relentlessly hold those who harm and threaten the public accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Sellinger. “The arrests and charges announced today were achieved through my Office’s collaboration with our federal, state, and local partners through our Violent Crime Initiative. Our VCI model targets the dangerous offenders and criminal organizations throughout New Jersey who threaten the public and perpetrate violence within our most vulnerable communities.”

The Violent Crime Initiative (VCI)  is a collaborative, multi-agency program designed to combine the resources of New Jersey’s federal, state, and local law enforcement to identify, target, and prosecute violent offenders and criminal organizations throughout New Jersey. “Selflessly working and coordinating with our law enforcement partners has strengthened our ability to better protect the public from violent actors and organized criminal conduct. The charges announced today resulted from that team effort,” said U.S. Attorney Sellinger.  

U.S. Attorney Sellinger also noted that shooting incidents statewide and in cities where the VCIs operate are appreciably lower than the year-to-date total from last year, including a 23% reduction statewide, a 30% reduction in Newark, 27% reduction in Jersey City, and 12% reduction in Paterson. The following graphic reflects those reductions:

A picture of a graph comparing the number of shooting incidents in 2021 year-to-date and 2022 year-to-date

NJ State Police

Total Shooting Incidents

 

“These decreases are not a reason for anyone to rest easy or let up, but it is a positive note for our communities that have seen all too much violence,” U.S. Attorney Sellinger said.

“My primary responsibility and focus as Attorney General is keeping the residents of our state safe – whether by tackling a rise in auto thefts or taking actions to prevent gun violence, including by holding violent offenders accountable,” New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said. “Today, as a result of the efforts of various law enforcement agencies, we are once again demonstrating that effectively investigating and prosecuting violent crimes requires collaboration across local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  We are, quite simply, stronger and more effective when we collaborate, communicate, and share resources — which is precisely the type of partnerships we are fortunate to have here in New Jersey.”

“The Violent Crime Initiative plays an integral role in identifying and removing the most violent offenders in our communities,” Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New Jersey Division Susan A. Gibson said. “Three of DEA’s investigations have resulted in the removal of 73 guns, more than 100 arrests, and the seizure of multiple kilograms of narcotics. It is the teamwork of law enforcement at every level working together toward the same goal that makes these investigations successful.”

“ATF remains vigilant in its pursuit of the most violent offenders in our communities by utilizing crime gun intelligence to disrupt the shooting cycle, and to prosecute shooters and their sources of crime guns,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews said. “We will continue to exploit investigative and data-driven leads derived from ATF’s National Tracing Center and the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), which is vital for both fair and impartial policing. These arrests send a clear and direct message of ATF’s continued commitment to combat violent crime and we will continue to work alongside our law enforcement partners to safeguard the public from violence.”

“Violent crime in every form negatively impacts quality of life for every person left in its wake,” FBI Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy said. “The citizens of New Jersey – and across this country – have the absolute right to feel safe in their homes, their communities, and their country, which is why the FBI places great emphasis on eradicating violence. It is a lofty goal and one that may seem unreachable in these divisive times. But we will continue to fight this fight alongside our federal, state, and local partners for as long as it takes. We ask the community to take an active role – if you see something, report it. We cannot let violence rule our way of life.” 

The charges and arrests announced today are summarized below, followed by tables setting forth the names, ages, and residences of those charged, as well as the charges against them. 

Oscar Miles Housing Complex Drug Trafficking Organization

Today, 14 individuals were charged by criminal complaints with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute narcotics, including fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine. According to the allegations in the complaints, the charged defendants participated in a drug trafficking organization (DTO) made up members and associates of the Grape Street Crips street gang. The organization controlled the drug trade in and around the Oscar Miles Village housing complex in Newark.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, investigators of the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, investigators from the U.S. Marshal Service, under the direction of Marshal Juan Mattos Jr., investigators of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura, and the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Director of Public Safety Fritz Fragé, for the investigations leading to the charges in the Oscar Miles investigation.

The Government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Samantha Fassanello of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit and Olta Bejleri of the Narcotics/OCDETF Unit. 

Rollin’ 60’s Neighborhood Crips Criminal Organization

Ten members and associates of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips street gang were recently charged by superseding indictment with participating in a racketeering conspiracy involving drug trafficking, carjackings, robberies, non-fatal shootings, and murder. According to the allegations in the superseding indictment, from in or around 2015 through 2022, the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips criminal organization operated in Essex and Union Counties, the New Jersey prison system, and elsewhere in New Jersey and nationally. During this alleged conspiracy, several of the charged defendants committed multiple non-fatal shootings and a murder, in furtherance of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips criminal organization.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the DEA, under Special Agent in Charge Gibson’s direction, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Tammy Tomlins, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews, as well as investigators of the U.S. Marshals Service, under Marshal Juan Mattos’ direction; the Irvington Police Department, under the direction of Police Division Director Tracy Bowers, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director Fragé, the Bloomfield Police Department, under the direction of Director of Public Safety Samuel A. DeMaio, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, under Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura’s direction, the East Orange Police Department, under the direction of Chief Phyllis L. Bindi, the Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Earl J. Graves, the Edison Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Tom Bryan, the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor William A. Daniel, the Spotswood Police Department, under the direction of Chief Philip Corbisiero, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Fugitive and Missing Person Task Force, which includes members of the FBI, for the investigations leading to the charges in the Rollin 60’s investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori, Chief of the Narcotics/OCDETF Unit.   

Bounty Hunter Bloods Criminal Organization

Seven members and associates of the Bounty Hunter Bloods street gang were indicted for participating in a racketeering conspiracy that involved the commission of multiple murders, multiple non-fatal shootings, fraud, and narcotics distribution. According to the allegations in the indictment, from in or around 2019 to 2022, the Bounty Hunter Bloods criminal organization operated in Somerset, Middlesex, Passaic, and Mercer Counties, as well as within the New Jersey prison system. During that period, several of the charged defendants are alleged to have committed violent acts, including murder, a mass shooting, and assaults with deadly weapons, all in furtherance of the affairs of Bounty Hunter Bloods criminal organization.  In one instance, members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods are alleged to have shot nine people in New Brunswick, killing two.  Over the course of this conspiracy, members and associates of the Bounty Hunter Bloods criminal organization are alleged to have shot 16 people in New Jersey, killing three.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James Dennehy in Newark, as well as investigators of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor John McDonald, the New Brunswick Police Department, under the direction of Director Anthony Caputo, and the Franklin Township Police Department, under the direction of Director of Public Safety Quovella Mayweather, for the investigations leading to the charges in the Bounty Hunter Bloods investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kendall Randolph of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit and Tracey Agnew of the Criminal Division in Trenton.

Lincoln Park Drug Trafficking Organization

Six defendants were charged by criminal complaints with conspiring to participate in a drug trafficking organization that distributed fentanyl and crack-cocaine in and around Lincoln Park in Newark. This investigation also resulted in the seizure of 13 firearms and quantities of cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the ATF, under Special Agent in Charge Matthews’s direction, special agents of the DEA, under Special Agent in Charge Gibson’s direction, investigators of the Newark Police Department, under Public Safety Director Fragé’s direction, and investigators of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, under Sheriff Fontoura’s direction, for the investigations leading to the charges in the Lincoln Park investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Levin of the National Security Unit.

Trinitarios

Five members and associates of several branches of the Trinitarios street gang were arrested and charged by criminal complaints with conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin, as well as firearms offenses. According to the allegations in the complaints, the defendants conducted their narcotics and firearms activities in and around the Fifth Ward of Paterson.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under Special Agent in Charge Dennehy’s direction, investigators of the Paterson Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Jerry Speziale, and investigators of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, for the investigations leading to the charges in the Trinitarios investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Sulkowski of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit and Edeli Rivera of the Narcotics/OCDETF Unit.

The investigations leading to the charges in the Oscar Miles, Rollin 60s, and Trinitarios investigations were part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operations. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints and indictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

Oscar Miles Housing Complex Drug Trafficking Organization

Defendant

Age

Residence

Charge

Thomas Barney

47

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Najuwan Blake-Williams

 

23

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Altray Brown

29

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Ali Carney

44

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Najee Carney

21

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Mookadean Cheeseboro

35

Essex County

Possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon

Tyrone Cradle

26

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Michael Griffin

32

Essex County

Possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon

Jaquan McAllister

21

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Ikaim McSwain

32

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Latif Terry

39

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Shaquan Ward

37

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Taji Williams

37

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

Zaid Williams

35

Essex County

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

 

 Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips Criminal Organization

Defendant

Age

Residence

Charge

Jason Franklin,
aka “Freak,”
aka “OG Freak”

38

Essex County

RICO Conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm

Elijah Williams,
aka “Lil Smith”

22

Essex County

RICO Conspiracy

Tre Byrd,
aka “Bands,”
aka “G Bandz”

21

Essex County

RICO Conspiracy

Kareem Green,
aka “Try Me”

31

Essex County

RICO Conspiracy

Tyheim Terry,
aka “Ty,”
aka “Rollin’ Ty”

24

Essex County

RICO Conspiracy, Carjacking, possession of firearm in furtherance of crime of violence

Amir Warden,
aka “Stampz,”
aka “Killa”

30

Essex County

RICO Conspiracy

Rahjon Cox, aka “Tsu Surf”

32

Essex County

RICO Conspiracy, felon in possession of firearms and ammunition

Amir Edmonds, aka “G Baby”

21

Essex County

RICO Conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, possession of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime

Abdul Yarrell,
aka “Runit Up,”
aka “BB”

23

Union County

RICO Conspiracy

Nygee Johnson,
aka “Gito”

24

Essex County

RICO Conspiracy

 

Bounty Hunter Bloods Criminal Organization

Defendant

Age

Residence

Charge

Walter Boyd,
aka “Walt,”
aka “Walt Daddy”

34

Middlesex County

RICO Conspiracy

Isiah Daniels,
aka “Ice”

34

Middlesex County

RICO Conspiracy

Joel Lyons,
aka “Jayski”

21

Middlesex County

RICO Conspiracy

Gede Maccelus,
aka “G Baby”

21

Mercer County

RICO Conspiracy

Armando Ortiz,
aka “Mando”

24

Somerset County

RICO Conspiracy

Malik Stringer,
aka “Rambo”

24

Somerset County

RICO Conspiracy

Kimani Wanyoike,
aka “Ki”

21

Somerset County

RICO Conspiracy

 

Lincoln Park Drug Trafficking Investigation

Defendant

Age

Residence

Charge

Ramon Mangan

39

Newark

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base, Possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon

Jamar Farrell

44

Newark

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base Possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon

Khalid Holland

43

Newark

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base, Possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, Possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

Tyree Norris

33

Newark

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base, Possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, Possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon,

Possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

Ted Sanon

22

Hillside, New Jersey

Conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base

*Dashawn Hines

* not charged in drug trafficking conspiracy

23

Newark

Possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, Possession with intent to distribute controlled substances

 

Trinitarios

Defendant

Age

Residence

Charge

Andy Dilone

23

Paterson, New Jersey

Conspiracy to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine

Malvin Pena,
aka “Rabia”

28

Paterson

Unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, distribution of heroin

Andy Santiago Sanchez-Polanco,
aka “Tigre”

25

Paterson

Conspiracy to distribute cocaine

Jefry Tupete,
aka “Jeff”

33

Paterson

Distribution of heroin

Cesar Valerio,
aka “Chico Trini”

30

Paterson

Conspiracy to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine

Newark Field Division