CAMDEN, NJ — An investigation that included three Camden-based illegal enterprises resulted in eight arrests on June 16, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Monday.
Of those in custody are a father and daughter who allegedly worked as a duo to provide narcotics to drug dealers, five suspected members of a heroin set in South Camden and a gun trafficker who authorities believe sold seven firearms, including military-style weapons over social media.
“Each part of this investigation exposed criminals ruthlessly profiting by putting the community in danger in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Grewal. “We will continue to work collaboratively with our law enforcement partners to shut down violent criminal organizations.”
The investigation included assistance from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office and the Camden County Police Department (CCPD).
Natyra Thomas, 22, of Camden and her father, Harold Thomas, 49, of Hammonton, reportedly provided drugs to various drug dealers in Camden.
They have both been charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute narcotics.
Thomas was additionally charged with first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree distribution of fentanyl, second-degree distribution of narcotics within 500-feet of a public park, and a number of third-degree charges (possession of fentanyl, possession of cocaine, and distribution of narcotics in a school zone).
Enrique “Neff” Alfonso, 28, of Camden, sold firearms using “a popular social networking service” — which police did not clarify further upon.
The weapons included an AK-47 military-style rifle, MasterPiece Arms submachine gun, and a .44-caliber revolver.
Alfonso was charged with second-degree possession of a weapon as a convicted felon, two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of an assault rifle, five counts of second-degree illegal possession of a handgun, two counts of third-degree unlawful disposition of an assault rifle, five counts of fourth-degree unlawful disposition of a weapon, and fourth-degree possession of a large-capacity magazine.
The alleged members of the drug set were allegedly led by Kwanie Taylor, 39, of Camden.
Located near the 1100 block of Sheridan Street in the south part of the city, Camden brothers Rajon Russell, 18, and his brother, Drekwon Wayne, 26, allegedly served as managers of the set.
The drug operation sold heroin in wax folds branded “Royal,” according to the attorney general’s statement. The same brand was linked to five overdoses from October 2019 to this past June — including one fatal.
Anthony Little, 64, and Wade Moore, 62, both of Camden, were also allegedly part of the drug set.
All five reported members of the Sheridan Street drug set have been charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Taylor was also charged with second-degree possession of heroin with intent to distribute, second-degree possession of a weapon as a convicted felon, and second-degree possession of a weapon while committing a drug offense.
Russell, Wayne, Little, and Moore face charges of third-degree possession of heroin, and Russell, Wayne, and Little are charged with third-degree distribution of heroin.
“Getting automatic weapons, heroin and fentanyl off the streets of my home town is vital to the public good and to our overall safety,” said Camden County Sheriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson. “Furthermore, breaking up the narcotics' distribution grid in South Camden will provide relief to the good people living alongside this activity who have been negatively impacted by this criminal network.”
The Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau led the investigation, with help from the New Jersey State Police, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.