According to federal officials, the suspects are members of the Grape Street Crips, a major street gang based out of Los Angeles. The suspects, two males aged 26 and 28, allegedly conspired with other gang members to distribute heroin and cocaine throughout Newark. The illegal activity is said to have taken place between December 2014 and May 2015.
Federal, New Jersey, and Newark law enforcement agencies conducted a lengthy investigation into the drug distribution ring.
Once investigators obtained enough evidence, police arrested 50 alleged gang members. Among those placed under arrest were the two suspects.
The 28-year-old suspect recently made an appearance in U.S. District Court in Newark and entered a guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin in Newark, New Jersey.
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old suspect appeared in federal court and entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. The suspect also pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a handgun because police reportedly observed him trying to hide a .280-caliber pistol when he was arrested at a home in Newark.
The 28-year-old suspect’s plea agreement calls for him to be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison and fined as much as $1 million. The other suspect faces a sentence of between 5 and 40 years in federal prison, as well as a fine of $5 million.
Both suspects will make appearances in Newark federal court in February 2016 so that they can be officially sentenced.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Alleged N.J. Crips Plead Guilty to Drug Conspiracy Charges, Officials Say.”