TRENTON, NJ  - Seven Paterson men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a violent set of the Bloods street gang that distributed heroin and other drugs in Paterson, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal  announced Friday. A Prospect Park man was also sentence while a ninth defendant is still awaiting sentencing.

The nine were arrested following the “Operation Icebox,”  investigation led by the Division of Criminal Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau and the Paterson Police Department. 

Operation Icebox targeted a drug trafficking network known as the “So Icy Boys” that was based at 10th Avenue and 28th Street. Offering further indication of the violent nature of their activities law enfocement authorities reported that two members of gang were murdered and another was wounded in a shooting involving an internal dispute between members during the five-month investigation. 

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“In Operation Icebox, we dismantled a drug trafficking network run by a violent set of the Bloods street gang that was dealing large quantities of heroin,” said Grewal. “By putting these drug dealers behind bars, we stopped countless doses of heroin from reaching users across the region and we made residents safer by removing a criminal element that was driving gun violence in the neighborhood where they operated.”

“This is another example of the results we achieve when all levels of law enforcement work collaboratively to protect our residents and address the opioid epidemic that is devastating our communities,” said Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald. “Through investigations like Operation Icebox, we are dismantling the violent drug sets in Paterson that are major sources of heroin for the region.”

Sentenced by Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed were:

• Fabian Frater, 29, Paterson, who controlled the day-to-day operations of the drug ring during the investigation, pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced to nine years in state prison, including over 7 ½ years of parole ineligibility.

• Shadeik Stratford, 19, Paterson, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, including 8 ½ years of parole ineligibility. 

• Michael Lawhorn, 28, Paterson, pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced to five years in prison, including over four years of parole ineligibility.

• Karon Nevers, 25, Paterson, pleaded guilty to third degree distribution of heroin and was sentenced to five years in prison, including 3 years of parole ineligibility.

• Nhazir Briggs-Smith, 20, Elmwood Park, , pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a handgun and was sentenced to five years in prison, including 3 ½ years of parole ineligibility.

• Charles Jackson, 24, Paterson, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a public park and was sentenced to five years in prison.

• Bryant Nevers, 22, Paterson, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and was sentenced to four years in prison, with 21 months of parole ineligibility.

• Marshea Anthony, 23, Paterson, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute narcotics and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Jahvon Parker, 28, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin in a school zone and faces a sentence of six years in prison, including 4 ½ years without parole.

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