NEWARK, NJ – A long term investigation by federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies into the sale of illegal drugs by a Paterson based street gang led to charges against 17 people on Thursday, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Eleven of the defendants were arrested in a sweep while seven are already behind bars. One defendant, the announcement states, remains at large.

“Gang members who traffic in narcotics pump poison into New Jersey streets and put our citizens at risk of addiction and violence,” Carpenito said, “The charges announced today result from the combined work of our federal, state, and local partners, and will help ensure that these defendants no longer threaten our communities with these harms and instead are held responsible for their crimes.”

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According to court documents all of the defendants are Paterson residents and members or associates of the 230 Boys street gang, known to operate in the area of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Godwin Avenue.

The charges against the suspects alleged that between September 2018, and October 1 they conspired to distribute narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base in the Passaic County area.

“Today’s arrests are a direct result of the hard work and collaboration between ATF, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and our local, state, and federal partners in addressing gangs and their associative violence,” ATF Special Agent-In-Charge Charlie J. Patterson said. “Without question, gangs destroy communities. Let these arrests serve as a deterrent to those who think they have free reign to utilize the illegal drug trade to facilitate violence and spread fear in hopes of creating strongholds in our communities. ATF will continue to make addressing violent crime a priority and will stand together with our partners to make the City of Paterson a safer place for all of us.”

Controlled purchases of narcotics, consensually recorded telephone calls and text messages, physical surveillance, and the analysis of telephone call detail records were all used during the investigation which led to the charges against the 19 suspects, the statement said.

Charged Thursday were:

Aaryn Abrams, 23

Najier Boone, 23

Carl Browne, 23

Keith Brinkley, 29

Zikeme Brooks, 26

Davine Campbell, 38

Shaquille Fabor, 28

Tawan Grier, 20

Isaia Hargrove, 20

Tyson Jacobs, 20

Amir Jones, 20,

Dashion Kelson, 39

Dwyane Northern, 34

Wyzier Peterson, 22

Jimir Ricks, 25

Maurice Tisdale, 26

Cequan Wharton, 25


Editor's Note: Story updated to reflect that two of the arrests made on Thursday face charges separate from the drugs conspiracy.


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