NEWARK, N.J. – A 27-year-old Montclair resident pleaded guilty in a Newark federal court Thursday to racketeering conspiracy, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Laquan Reed, 27, a/k/a “Drama,” a reported solider of the Sex Money Murder set of the Bloods street gang admitted his role in a racketeering conspiracy that involved attempted murder and conspiracy to distribute heroin, according to officials. Based on the plea agreement, Reed is required to be sentenced to 22 years in prison and five years of supervised release.

Reed pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to Count Two of a 14-count superseding indictment charging him with racketeering conspiracy.

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According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, the Bloods street gang is organized into subgroups, called “sets,” that operate in specific geographic locations. Sex Money Murder is the set that operates primarily in Essex County.

Law enforcement officials stated that Reed, who is reportedly a ranking member in Sex Money Murder, admitted that from 2007 to 2011 he committed a series of violent crimes to advance the gang’s objectives. He also admitted that he conspired with set members to murder a rival gang member on Aug. 3, 2011, identified in the indictment as “Victim 6.” Reed further admitted he and others engaged in a shootout in an effort to kill the rival gang member in and around Newark. In addition, Reed also admitted conspiring to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin in and around Newark.

Reed had been indicted two years ago along with three other alleged members of Sex Money Murder subset of the Bloods street gang and was already in custody for other related charges, reports indicate.

Narik Wilson, a/k/a “Spaz,” 31, Emil Rutledge, a/k/a “Diddy,” 28, and Rajohn Wilson, a/k/a “1090,” 25, all of Newark, were initially charged along with Reed in a 14-count superseding indictment in connection with their alleged membership in Sex Money Murder.

Wilson, the leader of the gang, was charged in all 14 counts, which included charges related to murder in aid of racketeering. Rutledge was charged with 11 counts, including murder in aid of racketeering. Reed was charged with six counts, including felony murder. Wilson was charged with three counts, which include charges related to attempted murder.

All four men had already been in custody on related charges at the time of the indictments.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, from 2007, Sex Money Murder controlled the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in the area surrounding Martin Luther King Boulevard and Spruce Street in Newark. The gang primarily consisted of neighborhood friends and family members who joined at a young age. In addition, the gang was organized along typical Bloods governing rules, hierarchal power structures, and visible demonstrations of gang affiliations, including tattoos. The gang also stored and circulated numerous firearms from apartments located at 725 Martin Luther Blvd. and 90 Spruce St.

Under the leadership of Wilson, and with the assistance of Rutledge, Reed, and Wilson, gang members allegedly engaged in a wide range of violent criminal activity in order to deter rival gangs, secure their drug distribution business, and silence people they believed were cooperating with law enforcement. These acts included numerous murders, shootings, robberies and auto thefts.

Among the initial charges, were several attempted murders and murders including:

  • Oct. 29, 2010- Rutledge and others allegedly attempted to murder a rival gang member, (described as “Victim 3” in the indictment) at Narik Wilson’s direction.
  • June 16, 2011- Rutledge and others allegedly attempted to murder rival gang members, (described as “Victim 4,” “Victim 5,” “Victim 6,” and “Victim 7” in the indictment) at Narik Wilson’s direction.
  • July 14, 2011- Rutledge and others allegedly murdered a rival gang member, (described as “Victim 8” in the indictment) at Narik Wilson’s direction.
  • On July 31, 2011, Reed and others allegedly murdered an individual (described as “Victim 9” in the indictment) while attempting to carjack the victim’s vehicle. 

Sentencing is scheduled for July 10, 2017.