Police & Fire

Press Releases

East Orange Man Sentenced to 10 Years in State Prison For Role in Carjacking Theft Ring


TRENTON, NJ –Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that an East Orange man was sentenced to state prison today in connection with a major international carjacking and stolen car trafficking ring that stole high-end cars in New Jersey and New York and shipped them to West Africa.

The man was indicted last year in “Operation 17 Corridor,” a joint investigation led by the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police, with assistance from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Police, ICE Homeland Security Investigations and numerous other agencies.  Most of the defendants were arrested on Oct. 27, 2015, when the partnering agencies broke up the theft ring.  Ninety stolen cars worth more than $4 million were recovered in the investigation.

Donell Carroll, 29, of East Orange, was sentenced today to 10 years in state prison, including 8 ½ years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Taylor in Morris County.  Carroll pleaded guilty on Dec. 14 to a charge of first-degree racketeering.  In pleading guilty, Carroll admitted that he was a member of the stolen car trafficking ring.

Sign Up for E-News

Deputy Attorney General Debra Conrad took the guilty plea and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau.

“We made our communities safer through Operation 17 Corridor by arresting carjackers and completely dismantling a criminal organization that was providing a lucrative market for luxury stolen vehicles,” said Attorney General Porrino. “We are sending these ring members to prison, where they can no longer threaten residents with this dangerous type of street-level crime.”

“This carjacking ring was sophisticated, but we demonstrated in Operation 17 Corridor that we are staying one step ahead of these criminals with our technology and investigative techniques,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners at all levels to target carjackers and stolen-car traffickers.”

“The members of this carjacking ring terrorized suburban residents and luxury car owners,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the State Police Interstate Theft North Unit, Port Authority of NY and NJ Police, Division of Criminal Justice,and a multitude of law enforcement agencies, we are sending them to prison.”

Four other defendants in the case were sentenced within the past six months by Judge Taylor: Rashawn Gartrell, 37, of Irvington, pleaded guilty to first-degree money laundering and was sentenced on Nov. 4 to 12 years in prison, including five years of parole ineligibility; Julian Atta-Poku, 34, of Queens Village, N.Y., pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy and was sentenced on Sept. 30 to seven years in prison; Damion Mikell, 34, of East Orange, pleaded guilty to second-degree racketeering and was sentenced on Nov. 18 to six years in prison, including two years of parole ineligibility; Alterique Jones, 41, of Maplewood, N.J., pleaded guilty to second-degree racketeering and was sentenced on Aug. 5 to six years in prison, with two years of parole ineligibility.

The ring that was dismantled the Attorney General’s Office and its partners in Operation 17 Corridor operated based on demand for specific vehicles. The types of vehicles frequently sought included various models of Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Maserati, Porsche, Jaguar and Bentley.  Some cars were taken through carjackings, while others were stolen from locations where the thieves were able to steal them with one or more of their electronic keys or key fobs, which are critical to the resale value of the cars.  A state grand jury indictment returned on April 28 charged three men as leaders of the auto theft trafficking ring. Eighteen other defendants were charged who allegedly filled various roles in the ring, including carjacker, car thief, wheel man, fence, shipper and buyer. Shippers would load the cars into shipping containers, which were taken to ports for transport by ship to West Africa.

Of the 90 vehicles recovered in Operation 17 Corridor, 23 were recovered at ports used by the ring, including Port Newark, Port Elizabeth, Global Terminal in Bayonne, and the Howland Hook Seaport in Staten Island, N.Y.  The ring operated in Rockland County, N.Y., and numerous counties in New Jersey, including Morris, Bergen, Essex, Union, Hudson, Monmouth, Middlesex, Hunterdon and Somerset.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Orange/Orange

6th Annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference this Saturday

May 25, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The 6th Annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference will convene this Saturday May 26, 2018 at Elmwood United Presbyterian 135 Elmwood Avenue, East Orange, NJ.

This year’s theme, ‘Building Communities Through Sustainability’ underlies the deep commitment of the City and the special guests panelist poised to bring a ton of knowledge to our community on ...

We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World

May 25, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The ladies of Rho Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are hosting a screening of We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World on Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00 pm at the West Orange Public Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Avenue, West Orange, NJ.   The film takes a journey with global leaders and activists- including former ...

Governor Phil Murphy to Speak at Bloomfield College Commencement

May 15, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The 145th Commencement at Bloomfield College will take place Friday on the 11 acre campus in the heart of Bloomfield at 9:30 a.m. 

The program will include  remarks from honorary degree recipients New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; Christian McBride, six-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist; and Prof. Deog-Seong Oh, President of Chungnam ...

The Best Stress-Busting Exercises

In the last article, we discussed how to spot bad stress. Now we want to look at some of the best exercises for beating stress. These can be physical and mental exercises.

Physical Exercise

Physical exercise relieves stress, increases energy, and enhances mood. It can also help you lose weight and feel great. Any exercise is great if it gets you up and moving, and away from your desk at ...

When Good Stress Becomes Bad Stress

In the last email, we looked at how to set your own goals in life so you do not feel as if things are out of control and that everyone is driving your life except you. Your boss can’t have that kind of stressful power over you if you know you are doing your best and actively adding to your skills all the time.

Your mother can’t pull your strings like a puppet if you cut them and ...

Two Goal-Setting Techniques to Gain Control of Your Life

In the last email, we discussed how keeping a stress journal can help you identify your stressors. Then you can come up with various success strategies for dealing with them.

In this article, we want to discuss one of the most useful things you can use your new stress journal for is goal setting, in order to take control of your own life so you don’t feel as if you are at the mercy of ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, June 15, 7:00 PM

The Van Vleck House and Gardens, Montclair

Taste of the Oranges Soiree

Giving Back

East Orange Mayor Ted Green Recognizes Historic Nurse and New Jersey Hall of Fame Inductee Clara Louise Maass during National Nurses Week

May 25, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ - In recognition and appreciation of nurses everywhere, during National Nurses Week, the Honorable Ted Green, Mayor of East Orange, New Jersey will present a proclamation in recognition of historic nurse Clara Louise Maass (1876-1901), a native of East Orange, who was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Maass was officially inducted on Sunday, May 6th.  ...