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June 17, 2009 †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* †† ††††††Date:†††††††† June 17, 2009
Eleven street gang members arrested on drugs; weapons charges
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan today announced the arrest of 11 men, including ranking members of two street gangs, on drug and weapons offenses following a four-month investigation.
investigation, initiated by the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office Violent
Gang Task Force, focused on gang members operating in
Prosecutor Kaplan created the Violent Gang Task Force following an anti-gang initiative that is part of Governor Jon S. Corzineís Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods, under the direction of Attorney General Anne Milgram and Jose Cordero, the statewide director of Gangs, Guns and Violent Crime Control.
"The arrests announced today by Prosecutor Kaplan are a result of a carefully targeted investigation aimed at drug dealers who are members of well-organized street gangs dealing drugs in Middlesex County,íí Attorney General Milgram said.
"The Governor's anti-crime strategy was designed specifically to maximize law enforcement resources to get the most violent of criminals off our streets," the Attorney General said.
During the arrests, members of the Violent Gang Task Force, assisted by a number of law enforcement agencies, seized five handguns, a rifle, a machete and a knife from gang members.
In addition, more than five ounces of cocaine, with a street value of $8,000, an undisclosed amount of marijuana valued at $2,000, and small quantities of heroin and crack cocaine also were seized.
Also taken by police were less than a half-ounce of crack cocaine and less than a half-ounce of heroin.
Assisting in the case were members of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the New Jersey State Police, the Carteret Police Departmentís Special Investigations Unit, the New Brunswick Police Departmentís Anti-Crime Unit, the Perth Amboy Police Departmentís narcotics division, and the Hillsborough Police Departmentís K-9 Unit.
During surveillance of street gangs, including the Bloods and Latin Kings, Investigator Craig Marchak and Investigator Adrian Villegas, both members of the Violent Gang Task Force, determined that a number of individuals were dealing in various quantities of controlled dangerous substances.
and identified as members of the
Jimenez, (DOB 3/23/82) of
and identified as ranking members of the
Dempsey Simpson, (DOB 8/31/84) of 12 May St.,
Taylor, (DOB 6/8/80) 67 Crossroads,
David Roman, (DOB 5/21/83)
Johnny Elliot, (DOB 10/5/82) of
Marcus Vasquez, (DOB 8/7/83) of
Carpenter, (DOB 9/19/81) of
addition, Iakay Lewis, (DOB 1/5/80) of 12 May St.,
arrested was Danny Soto, (DOB 3/21/74) of
Patrick Lewis, (DOB 4/25/73) of 12 May Street, New Brunswick was being held without bail on charges of distribution of CDS, possession of a handgun, distribution of CDS on public property and possession of CDS.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the 11 individuals are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Ahmed Dempsey Simpson