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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: June 25, 2013
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: June 25, 2013
Gangs indicted on racketeering, murder, drugs, weapons charges
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that 25 people, including 21 gang members and associates, were indicted today by a Middlesex County grand jury on charges stemming from a massive racketeering conspiracy that involved an on-going turf war and led to the fatal shooting of an innocent man in his home in New Brunswick more than a year ago.
††††††††† The 79-count indictment identified the 25 defendants as participants in various aspects of gang-related activity, including murder, attempted murder, racketeering, aggravated assaults, robberies, terroristic threats, drug possession and distribution and weapons offenses.
indictment, handed up in
racketeering conspiracy, which dates back to January 2001, included charges
that three of the gang members were directly involved in the fatal shooting on May
4, 2012 of Richard Chang, 40, who was struck by a bullet as he sat inside his
was the death of Mr. Chang that initiated the on-going investigation and resulted
in the crackdown on the
†ĎíThe tireless efforts of law enforcement officers from the New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office have seriously hampered an on-going criminal enterprise that had continuously threatened the safety and welfare of the residents of Middlesex and Somerset counties,íí Acting Prosecutor Carey said.
noted that the indictment marked the first time in
Of the 25 individuals indicted today, 21 of them were charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering for participating in on-going gang activities. In addition, 20 of the defendants were charged with conspiring to commit murder in the death of Mr. Chang.
Three of the defendants had been arrested and charged on November 15, 2012 with murder and murder conspiracy and have remained in custody in lieu of bail.
††††††††† Most of the defendants were arrested and charged in a series of raids that began on April 24, 2013. Others were charged during the on-going investigation. Defendants are being held on bails ranging from $500,000 to $1.5 million. One defendant has been listed as a fugitive and remains at large.
††††††††† Acting Prosecutor Carey said a number of police agencies participated in the on-going investigation and he thanked them for spending hundreds of hours working on the case. Among agencies that assisted were the Somerset County Prosecutorís Office, the Edison Police Department, the Sayreville Police Department, the Piscataway Police Department, the North Brunswick Police Department, the Franklin Township Police Department, the Jamesburg Police Department, the Monroe Police Department, the South River Police Department, the Rutgers University Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Special Operations Response Team (SORT), the Middlesex County Department of Corrections, and the Middlesex County Sheriffís Department.
††††††††† The lead investigators in the case
were Investigator Craig Marchak, Investigator Jeff Temple, and Sgt.
††††††††† Among those indicted was Taladeen Ross
(DOB 8/20/84) of
††††††††† The three defendants indicted on murder
and murder conspiracy charges are: Nadrell McMillan (DOB 2/19/92) and Quaadir
Hagood, (DOB 11/29/91) both of
Additional defendants, all charged with murder conspiracy and racketeering are Chad Butler Jr., (DOB 7/26/90), Tereak Butler (DOB 5/31/94), Maurice Fields (DOB 4/27/90), Sidney Williams (DOB 1/06/91), Jamil Anthony (DOB 6/12/87), Jashire Reid (DOB 5/12/92), Darnell Ricketts, Jr. (DOB 3/10/92), Dwayne Johnson (DOB11/29/84), Kenneth Robinson (DOB 4/26/83), and Paul Staten (DOB 2/7/84), all of New Brunswick. All are in custody except Staten, who remains a fugitive.
Also charged with racketeering and murder conspiracy are Jaamar Hill (DOB 2/17/90) of New Brunswick, Devin Gardner (DOB 1/16/91) of Piscataway, Dylan Freer (DOB 2/1/86) of North Brunswick, Pedro Vickers (DOB 8/12/88) of Edison, Jamir Hill (DOB 6/15/92) of New Brunswick, and Desire Robinson (DOB 8/15/93) of the Somerset section of Franklin Township.
Sharna Ross (DOB 2/7/84) of
In addition, the grand jury charged Shaniqua Doyle (DOB 6/5/89) of Edison with possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in East Brunswick on December 18, 2012. April Thompson (DOB 6/4/84) of Jamesburg was charged with weapons and cocaine possession, possession with intent to distribute and endangering the welfare of a child on April 24, 2013.
The grand jury also charged Darrel Morrison (DOB 11/10/89)
of Jamesburg with possession and possession with intent to distribute cocaine
and two counts of possessing prohibited devices, a switchblade knife and a stun
gun, in Jamesburg on April 24, 2013. Taneja Oliver (DOB 5/31/92) of
The grand jury handed up three separate indictments accusing Taladeen Ross, Darnell Rickets and Dylan Freer as certain persons not to have weapons. The panel charged those defendants had been convicted of unrelated offenses, but continued to possess weapons.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Marchak of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-4159, or Detective Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5200.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the defendants charged in this case are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey