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City Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to 5 ½ Years in Prison

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PATERSON, NJ – A 28-year-old Paterson member of the Bloods street gang was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison on Thursday on charges involving two armed robberies and narcotics distribution, according to authorities.

Richard Fields is one of four men from Paterson who have pleaded guilty to various charges as a result of a sweeping case brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office against the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods in Paterson, Newark and Jersey City. The three others – Michael McCloud, Torience Brooks, and Hakeem State – have not yet been sentenced.

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The announcement issued by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said that Fields, also known as “P.O.,” has admitted to:

Selling crack cocaine to an undercover officer on Oct. 16, 2006, together with an associate of the gang, and to selling marijuana to another individual on Aug. 15, 2006.

Being involved in the robbery of a dice game in Paterson, in which a co-conspirator used an AK-47 and gang members took controlled substances, cell phones and money.

Conspiring with other Fruit Town Brims members to commit a robbery, also involving a gun, in retaliation for the shooting of a gang member by a member of a rival gang.

Authorities said the case uncovered a violent criminal enterprise throughout New Jersey’s state prison and county jail systems and in Newark, Paterson and Jersey City. Its members have committed acts such as murder, kidnapping, robbery, bribery, extortion and trafficking in controlled substances, according to Fishman’s press release.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced Fields to three years of supervised release.



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