TRENTON, NJ – Colonel Patrick J. Callahan and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Tuesday that the New Jersey State Police have arrested 24 suspects for various drug, weapon, and local ordinance offenses and, as a result, stopped a group of gang members allegedly preparing a series of retaliatory shootings. Included in the arrests is a 16-year-old Hamilton male.
Through various investigative means, detectives with the State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit determined that a group of armed gang members was gathering at a residence on Tyrell Avenue in Trenton to plan a series of retaliatory shootings. Detectives observed several members of the group to be in possession of handguns and, as a result, obtained a search warrant for the residence.
On Wednesday, November 25, members of the State Police T.E.A.M.S., K-9, Aviation, and Crime Suppression Central Units along with assistance from the Trenton Police Department, Hamilton Township Police Department, and Ewing Township Police Department executed a search warrant at the Tyrell Avenue residence and found several members of the group to be in possession of multiple handguns, drugs, high capacity magazines and in violation of local ordinances.
Detectives arrested the 24 suspects without incident.
In the sweep the Hamilton 16-year old has been charged with possession of a handgun during a CDS offense; possession of heroin with intent to distribute; possession of hollow point ammunition; possession of a high-capacity magazine; and possession of a defaced firearm.
During the police search, detectives also seized evidence including a century Arms 9mm semi-automatic handgun; two Taurus 9mm semi-automatic handguns; a Taurus .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun; a Taurus .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun; a defaced 9mm semi-automatic handgun; a stinger 6mm handgun; four extended magazines; Hollow-point ammunition; 19 cell phones; nine bricks of heroin; eight grams of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana.
“Throughout this pandemic, New Jersey law enforcement officers have been doing all they can to combat gun violence in our cities by arresting violent gang members and seizing illegal weapons, and these latest arrests in Trenton are just another strong example,” said Grewal. “Earlier this month, the State Police arrested two men allegedly trafficking illegal guns into Trenton from South Carolina, and in June, during the prior spike in COVID, we announced the Division of Criminal Justice's arrests of 16 alleged members and associates of the ‘Get Money Boys,’ a violent street gang linked to multiple shootings in Trenton."
“How and where the illegal guns seized in this operation were going to be used thankfully remains an untold story, but what is certain is that it would have ended in tragedy,” said Callahan. “The prompt response by the detectives in our State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit and our law enforcement partners undoubtedly saved lives. We remain committed to working shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement partners, community leaders, and city residents to build and maintain safer neighborhoods in Trenton.”
The State Division of Criminal Justice is prosecuting these individuals.
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