Law & Justice

Drugs Investigation Takes Aim at 'Heart of the Problem'. Leads to Charges Against 34.

Credits: Office of the Attorney General

TRENTON – A total of 34 individuals that allegedly made Paterson the center of their narcotics activity have been charged for a series of drugs related crimes, according to a statement by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal released on Thursday.

The investigation, which led to 49 arrests in November, targeted a drug trafficking organization known as the “Korner Boyz” and the “4K Bloodz”, references to their affiliation with the Bloods street gang and the area they allegedly operated in, the intersections of Mercer Street and Putnam Street, Rosa Parks Boulevard and Putnam Street, Mercer Street and Warren Street, and Rosa Parks Boulevard and Warren Street.This area, referred to as the four corners, or 4K area, has long been plagued by the drugs activity taking place in it.

The 63-count indictment charges 17 alleged ringleaders with second-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin. Jamel Reese of Passaic, considered to be one of the ringleaders of the activity, is also charged with first-degree promoting organized street crime, and Eric Huntington, 41, who allegedly was one of Reese’s top “runners” or suppliers to street-level dealers, is charged with first-degree distribution of heroin. Reese and Huntington, as well as Jessie Garcia of Lodi and Jerome Deas are being detained in jail pre-trial. All of those charged face up to 10 years in state prison, while Reese and Hunting face more serious charges and could be sentenced to an additional decade behind bars.

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“We are collaborating in investigations like Operation Pitfall to target the drug traffickers who are fueling the deadly opioid epidemic and bringing violence to the neighborhoods of our cities,” said Attorney General Grewal. “This investigation really took aim at the heart of the problem, because Paterson is a major hub for heroin distribution across northern New Jersey and the open-air drug markets allegedly controlled by this Bloods set in the city’s 4th Ward have a history of gun violence.”

“This investigation is a great example of all levels of law enforcement working together seamlessly to dismantle a significant narcotics network,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “There can be little doubt that we saved lives by stopping the heroin trafficked by these gang members from reaching people struggling with addiction in Paterson and the surrounding region.”

“When heroin dealing is introduced into a community, gun violence is not far behind, and if you add dangerous street gangs to the equation, the effect on a city’s residents can be devastating,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. “I want to commend the State Police personnel and our law enforcement partners who ultimately dismantled this drug distribution network and made the streets safer for the residents of Paterson.”


The following is a full list of the defendants charged with second-degree conspiracy as alleged ring members:

  1. Jaumel Reese, 35, of Passaic, N.J.

  2. Jessie Garcia, 27, of Lodi, N.J.

  3. Eric Huntington, 41, of Paterson, N.J.

  4. Jerome Deas, 38, of Paterson, N.J.

  5. Marvelous Pitts, 31, of Paterson, N.J.

  6. Shaques Huntington, 24, Paterson, N.J.

  7. Herbert Pitts, 60, of Paterson, N.J.

  8. Justin Jones, 24, of Paterson, N.J.

  9. Angela Whitehead, 32, of Prospect Park, N.J.

  10. Jeffrey Hunter, 29, of Paterson, N.J.

  11. Markeith Davis, 48, of Paterson, N.J.

  12. Tariq Jackson, 25, of Paterson, N.J.

  13. Devon Armstrong, 40, of Paterson, N.J.

  14. Jonathan Cedeno, 22, of Paterson, N.J.

  15. Isaac Coleman, 32, of Paterson, N.J.

  16. Hanife Dock, 29, of Paterson, N.J.

  17. Theodore Blackshear, 46, of Paterson, N.J.


The following is a list of the remaining 17 defendants, all are charged with third-degree possession of heroin, with the exception of Winter Burch, a girlfriend of Reese, who is charged with third-degree possession of codeine and fourth-degree possession of false government documents:


  1. Jasmine Soto, 28, of Milford, Pa.

  2. Christopher Gutierrez, 34, of Milford, Pa.

  3. Daniel Grimm, 67, of Franklin, N.J.

  4. Nicholas McLaughlin, 26, of Greeley, Pa.

  5. Christopher Holbert, 24, of Hawley, Pa.

  6. Brent Howell, 33, of Blairstown, N.J.

  7. Frank Marchionni, 26, of Nanuet, N.Y.

  8. Jonathon Kleinberg, 29, of New City, N.Y.

  9. Michael Armao, 33, of Greenwood Lake, N.Y.

  10. Michael Sheridan, 42, of Johnson, N.Y.

  11. Robert Ferri, 33, of Wyckoff, N.J.

  12. Chelsea Rouse, 34, of East Stroudsburg, Pa.

  13. Jennifer Halterman, 33, of East Stroudsburg, Pa.

  14. David Boralsky, 35, of Stanhope, N.J.

  15. Michael Ryerson, 48, of Paterson, N.J.

  16. Carl McKenith, 65, of Englewood, N.J.

  17. Winter Burch, 36, of Passaic, N.J.

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