GOVERNOR’S CRIME PLAN INITIATIVE LEADS TO

 ARRESTS OF GANG MEMBERS / AFFILIATES CHARGED WITH WEAPONS, DRUGS AND VIOLENT CRIMES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

            Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced details of a six (6) month investigation into criminally-active violent street gangs and gang members / affiliates operating in Middlesex County. The investigation culminated today with the execution of four (4) search warrants and the arrest of eighteen (18) defendants throughout the County. The investigation was launched in conjunction with a targeted anti-gang initiative that is part of Governor Jon S. Corzine’s Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods, and at the direction of Attorney General Anne Milgram and Jose Cordero, the Statewide Director of Gangs, Guns, and Violent Crime Control.

 

Pursuant to the Governor’s Crime Plan Initiative, Prosecutor Kaplan established the Middlesex County Violent Gang Task Force to formulate and execute a short term, high impact, violent crime investigative initiative.

 

Participating in the Task Force and investigation with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office were law enforcement officers from the following agencies: Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, Middlesex County Department of Corrections, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Carteret Police Department, Highland Park Police Department, New Brunswick Police Department, North Brunswick Police Department, Perth Amboy Police Department, Piscataway Police Department, Sayreville Police Department, South Amboy Police Department, South Brunswick Police Department,  Franklin Township Police Department, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey State Parole, Bureau of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

 

The Operation encompassed three phases: an Intelligence Initiative, an Investigative Initiative, and Execution / Arrest.

 

The Intelligence Initiative included detailed identification of specific violent gangs / offenders, identifying areas of criminal activity and establishing strategic target zones, and identifying non-incarcerated violent gang members pending criminal prosecution.

 

The Investigative Initiative utilized various investigative strategies and tactics including undercover operatives and physical surveillance.

 

During the Intelligence and Investigative phases, criminal activity committed by members of targeted gangs necessitated that Task Force Officers arrest sixty-four (64) defendants in various jurisdictions in Middlesex County and the execution of four (4) search warrants in Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, and South Brunswick. The arrests and search warrants resulted in the seizure of over ten (10) ounces of cocaine, eleven (11) ounces of marijuana, eight (8) handguns, two (2) shotguns, one (1) assault rifle, and forty-three thousand one hundred eighty dollars ($43,180.00) cash.

 

The Execution / Arrest phase, which began October 2, 2008 and ended today, included the execution of arrest warrants for eighteen (18) additional subjects throughout the County and four (4) additional search warrants in New Brunswick, North Brunswick, and Highland Park. These search warrants resulted in the seizure of ten (10) grams of cocaine and two (2) ounces of marijuana.

 

The street gangs targeted and/or encountered during the investigation included several Blood Sets (Sex Money Murder (SMM), G-Shine, Neighborhood Rollin 20’s (NHB), Bounty Hunter Bloods (BHB), 9Tek, IMG-464), as well as Latin Kings, Netas, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Crips, Vatos Locos, 18th Street, La Mugre, Trinitarios, Dominicans Don’t Play, and A-Set.  The members / affiliates of these gangs have a history of violence and have been involved individually and / or collectively in criminality including Murder, Attempted Murder (including drive by shootings), Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of Weapons, and Possession and Distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substances prior to, or during, this initiative.

 

Regarding this initiative, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram stated: "The Middlesex County investigation, led by Prosecutor Kaplan, is a significant part of our Statewide strategy to target and take down street gangs trafficking in illegal drugs and guns. The significant number of gang members swept up by the County's Violent Crime Task Force is an important step forward in making our streets and neighborhoods safe from violent criminals.

 

Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan stated: “Middlesex County law enforcement is committed to working together with our communities to ensure the safest and highest quality of life for our citizens.  The violence, guns and drugs associated with gangs is unacceptable and will continue to be aggressively investigated and prosecuted.”  

 

The names of those who were arrested, together with their age, town of residence, gang affiliation and rank (if any), charges and bail information follows.  As in all cases, these defendants must be presumed innocent at this stage of the proceedings.

 

GANG MEMBERS / AFFILIATES ARRESTED DURING THE INTELLIGENCE AND INVESTIGATION PHASES

 

  • EIGHTEENTH STREET (18TH ST)

 

SIMON NAJERA SANTIAGO, 22, New Brunswick, arrested 7/5/08, unlawful possession of weapon, $50, 000 bail.

 

ADRIAN ISLAS, 20, North Brunswick, arrested 7/5/08, unlawful possession of weapon, $20,000 bail.

 

One (1) juvenile member, age 17, from New Brunswick, was also arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon. 

 

  • A-SET

 

IBRAHAM KALLON, 21, Somerset, Captain, arrested 5/17/08, unlawful possession of weapon, $750,000 bail.

 

Two (2) juvenile members, age 17, from New Brunswick and Somerset, were also arrested for weapons violations and conspiracy to commit murder and remain detained.

 

  • BLOODS

 

CALVIN SAVAGE, 20, Dunellen, arrested 4/28/08, riot and violation of probation, $35,000 bail.

 

CHRISTOPHER WILSON, 24, South River, arrested 5/10/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, $35,000 bail.

 

NATHANIEL BROWN, 23, South River, arrested 5/13/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, $75,000 bail.

 

MORRIS ABRAMS, 46, South River, arrested 5/13/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, bail unavailable.

 

MATTHEW VAUGHN, 27, Sayreville, arrested 5/15/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, $25,000 bail.

 

MELVIN STONE, 22, Parlin, arrested 5/15/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, $500 bail.

 

ANTONIO PINEDA, 23, South River, arrested 5/15/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, $25,000 bail.

 

WILLIAM ZAMOR, 24, Sayreville, arrested 5/21/08, poss w/i dist.CDS school zone, $50,000 bail.

 

CLIFFORD VANDYKE, 19, Middlesex, arrested 5/22/08, riot, unlawful possession of firearm, held without bail.  

 

HASSAN CHERRY, 26, Carteret, arrested 6/12/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, $100,000 bail.

 

ANGEL VALENTIN, 20, Perth Amboy, arrested 7/15/08, unlawful possession of firearm, riot, $20,000 bail.   

 

LUIS OTERO, 20, Perth Amboy, arrested 7/20/08, unlawful possession of firearm, riot, $25,000 bail. 

 

JORGE VASQUEZ, 19, Perth Amboy, arrested 7/26/08, unlawful possession of firearm, riot, $621 bail.

 

BRANDON BROWN, 23, Edgewater, arrested 8/13/08, unlawful possession of weapon, poss w/i dist.CDS, $75,000 bail. 

 

LEROY BOYD, 30, Perth Amboy, arrested 8/30/08, aggravated assault, eluding, resisting, $100,000 bail.

 

JOSE AGOSTO, 35, Somerset, arrested 9/16/08, criminal trespass, ROR.

 

Three (3) juvenile members, ages 16 and 17, from New Brunswick and Old Bridge were also arrested for weapons violations, receiving stolen property, assault, and violation of probation.

 

  •  9-TEK / 9-TRE /  BLOODS

 

BARRY MAYO, 27, New Brunswick, 5 Star General, arrested 5/5/08, unlawful possession of weapons, certain persons, assault rifle, $175,000 bail.

 

DAVON PARKER, 20, Edison, 5 Star General, arrested 6/2/08, murder, unlawful possession of weapon, $1,000,000 bail.

 

JOSEPH CALLAHAN, 19, Somerset, indicted 6/25/08, unlawful possession of weapon, ROR.

 

Two (2) juvenile members, ages 15 and 16, from Perth Amboy and North Brunswick, were also arrested for aggravated assault, unlawful possession of weapon, resisting, and violation of probation. One remains detained.

 

  • G-SHINE BLOODS

 

AHMED SUNKINS, 21, Florence, Lieutenant, arrested 4/17/08, robbery, unlawful possession of weapon, $200,000 bail.

 

JABREE SUNKINS, 20, Florence, arrested 5/16/08, resisting, obstruction, $50,000 bail.           

 

DERRICK HIGGINS, 21, New Brunswick, Sergeant, arrested 6/21/08, murder, unlawful possession of weapon, $1,000,000 bail.

 

KIM CARTER, 28, New Brunswick, 4 Star General, arrested 6/30/08, terroristic threats, assault, $25,000 bail.

 

Two (2) juvenile members, age 17, from Carteret and New Brunswick, were also arrested for robbery, unlawful possession of weapon, resisting, and violation of probation. One remains detained.

 

  • IMG-464 BLOODS

 

TRAVIS MYERS, 18, Elkton, Maryland, Sergeant, arrested 5/15/08, murder, unlawful possession of weapon, $1,000,000 bail.

 

ROBERT TROTMEN, 24, East Brunswick, Lieutenant, arrested 5/20/08, distribution of CDS, $35,000 bial.

 

  • NHB ROLLIN’ 20’s BLOODS

 

DERWIN BOOKER, 25, New Brunswick, Double OG, arrested 6/2/08, parole violation, held without bail.

 

Three (3) juvenile members, ages 16 and 17, from New Brunswick, were also arrested for robbery, unlawful possession of weapon, and public nuisance. Two remain detained.

 

  • SEX, MONEY, MURDER (SMM) BLOODS

 

JARED CAMPFIELD, 26, Jackson, arrested 9/16/08, violation of restraining order, $3800 bail.

 

  • CRIPS

 

JEROME BELL, 19, South Brunswick, arrested 7/24/08, unlawful possession of a sawed off shotgun, escape, $250,000 bail.

 

MARK WARD, 23, North Brunswick, arrested 8/26/08, violation of probation, bail unavailable.

 

  • G-STONE CRIPS

 

COURTNEY STEWART, 19, Piscataway, arrested 5/20/08, armed robbery, assault, $50,000 bail.

 

HANEEF JOHNSON, 21, Piscataway, arrested 5/20/08, armed robbery, assault,  $200,000 bail.

 

Four (4) juvenile members, ages 15, 16, and 17, from Piscataway and Edison, were also arrested for armed robbery, assault, terroristic threats, unlawful possession of weapon, and violation of probation.  One remains detained. 

 

  • DOMINICANS DON’T PLAY (DDP)

 

LUIS MENA, 38, Perth Amboy, arrested 6/1/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, school zone, $200,000 bail.

 

EDWIN LANTIGUA, 24, Perth Amboy, arrested 6/1/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, school zone, $50,000 bail.

 

ESTENIO TINEO, 20, Perth Amboy, arrested 6/1/08, poss w/i dist.CDS, school zone, $50,000 bail.

 

NARCISCO BENCOSME, 22, Perth Amboy, arrested 6/1/08, contempt of court, $25,000 bail.

 

  • LA MUGRE

 

ALFREDO PEREZ-FLORES, 28, New Brunswick, arrested 6/19/08, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.

 

NOEL RUIZ, 27, New Brunswick, arrested 6/19/08, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.

 

GERNARDO BERNARDINO, 19, New Brunswick, arrested 6/19/08, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.

 

CARLOS GUTIERREZ-LARA, 20, New Brunswick, arrested 6/19/08, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.

 

WILSON ORTEZ-OVIEZ, 29, New Brunswick, arrested 6/19/08, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.

 

JOSE HERNANDEZ, 22, New Brunswick, arrested 8/28/08, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.

 

JOSE AGUILAR, 20, New Brunswick, arrested 8/28/08, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.

 

  • LATIN KINGS

 

JOSE CEBALLO, 26, Perth Amboy, arrested, 6/26/08, poss CDS, Federal Fugitive Warrant, bail n/a.

 

  • TRINITARIOS

 

One (1) juvenile member, age 17, from Perth Amboy, was arrested for terroristic threats and unlawful possession of weapon.

 

 

GANG MEMBERS / AFFILIATES ARRESTED DURING THE EXECUTION / ARREST PHASE        

 

  • KESTON JOSEPH, 24, Highland Park, 9-Tek Bloods, arrested 10/3/08, poss/dist CDS, $150,000 bail.
  • JIMMY ROGERS, 25, Highland Park, 9-Tek Bloods, arrested 10/03/08, poss/dist CDS, $100,000 bail.
  • STEPHANIE THIANGTHAM, 20, Highland Park, 9-Tek Bloods, arrested 10/03/08, conspiracy to dist CDS, child endangerment, $100,000 bail.
  • WILLIE BESTER, 36, New Brunswick, Bloods, arrested 10/06/08, non-support, $19,600 bail.
  • MALIK THOMPSON, 28, New Brunswick, 9-Tek Bloods, served 10/07/08 @MCACC, distribution CDS, $75,000 bail.
  • DANIEL ALVARANGA, 21, Trenton, Bloods, arrested 10/03/08, possession of CDS, ROR
  • RASHON PAGE, 26, Trenton, G-Shine Bloods, arrested 10/07/08, armed robbery, held without bail.
  • RONALD STANTEN, 36, New Brunswick, Bloods, arrested 10/06/08, possession of CDS, $35,000 bail.
  • MARSHALL HARRIS, 30, New Brunswick, Bounty Hunter Bloods (BHB), Lieutenant, arrested 10/07/08, criminal trespass, ROR.
  • MALIK RILEY, 21, Somerset, Bounty Hunter Bloods (BHB), arrested 10/02/08, ACS warrant arrest, bail unavailable.
  • RICO NORMAN, 32, Piscataway, Bloods, served 10/07/08 @Union County Jail, violation of probation, $35,000 bail.
  • VANCE OVERBY, 19, Piscataway, Crips, arrested 10/07/08, ACS warrant arrest, $683 bail.
  • ALPHA SESAY, 20, Somerset, A-Set, arrested 10/07/08, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.
  • MOHAMED SESAY, 25, North Brunswick, A-Set, served 10/07/08 @Mountainview YCC, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.
  • FRANCIS VANDY, 28, Somerset, A-Set, arrested 10/07/08, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.
  • ALUSINE SAMURA, 34, Carteret, A-Set, served 10/07/08 @MCADC, ICE Warrant, bail n/a.
  • NORBERTO LOPEZ, 37, Perth Amboy, Latin Kings, arrested 10/06/08, non-support, $34,800 bail.
  • ELMER CORTEZ, 33, New Brunswick, NETAS, served 10/07/08 @MCADC, non-support, $35,000 bail.

 

 

Additionally, active arrest warrants exist for the following sixteen (16) gang members:

 

·       NAKIA BAILEY, aka: POE, 21, Bounty Hunter Bloods (BHB), LKA: 312 Townsend Street, New Brunswick, CDS, weapons, and trespassing violations.

·       CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, aka: CASTRO, 29, Bounty Hunter Bloods (BHB), LKA: 4207 Birchwood Court, North Brunswick, conspiracy to distribute CDS.

·       TERRANCE PLUMMER, aka: BONDS, 30, Bounty Hunter Bloods (BHB), LKA: 4207 Birchwood Court, North Brunswick, distribution and conspiracy to distribute CDS.

·       TAQUAN MORGAN, 34, Bloods, LKA: 716 Edpas Road, New Brunswick, robbery, assault.

·       ROBERT SINGLETON, 22, Bloods (SMM), LKA: 16 Somerset Street, Carteret, possession w/i distribute CDS.

·       RONALD POWELL, 23, Bloods (NHB Rollin 20’s), LKA: 12 Reed Street, Apt. A2H, New Brunswick, violation of probation (hindering).

·       JOSE TORRES, 37, Latin Kings, LKA: 175 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, conspiracy to distribute CDS.

·       PEDRO SANCHEZ, 26, Latin Kings, LKA: 271 Sandford Street, New Brunswick, possession w/i distribute CDS.

·       NATHANIEL ABREU, 30, Latin Kings, LKA: 674 Jacques Street, Perth Amboy, theft.

·       SERGIO GONZALEZ, 27, 18th Street, LKA: 59 Lee Avenue, New Brunswick, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of weapon.

·       RAMON MEMBRENO, 29, 18th Street, LKA: 308 Redmond Street, New Brunswick, violation of probation (CDS).

·       ANTONIO BRAVO, 28, 18th Street, LKA: 607 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, violation of probation (CDS).    

·       KWAME SUMMERS, 18, Crips, LKA: 49 South Talmadge Street, New Brunswick, conspiracy to distribute CDS.

·       LUIS GARCIA, aka: CHAMACITO, 24, Vatos Locos, LKA: 258 Handy Street, New Brunswick, possession of CDS, bail jumping.

·       GABRIELLE LUJAN, 24, MS-13, LKA: 236 Commercial Avenue, New Brunswick, violation of probation (aggravated assault, weapons).

·       VINCENT IRIZARRY, 30, NETAS, LKA: 307 New Brunswick Avenue, Perth Amboy, violation of probation (CDS).

 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these subjects are urged to contact Sgt. Kevin Morton, Middlesex County Prosecutors Office Fugitive Unit, at 732-745-3300.