MIDDLESEX COUNTY – A grand jury indicted nine reputed gang members last Friday, charging that they were part of a drug distribution ring broken up by police in April.
According to authorities, the Carteret-based ring sold drugs in Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, Edison, South Plainfield and other towns in Middlesex County.
Authorities allege that Freddy Hill, 27, of South Plainfield, a reputed associate of the Latin Kings, was a major narcotics supplier who netted between $20,000 and $40,000 a month in drug sales. He was charged with conspiracy, being a leader of a narcotics trafficking network in Carteret, Edison and South Plainfield, and maintaining a facility to produce drugs.
Candace St. Juste, 25, of Carteret, a reputed Latin Kings associate, and Shareef Edmonds, 28, of Carteret, a reputed high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang, were both indicted on charges of conspiring with Hill to distribute drugs in Carteret and South Plainfield.
Sir John Ragland, 29, of Carteret, identified by authorities as a member of the Crips street gang, was also indicted. He was charged with conspiracy and leading a narcotics trafficking network in Carteret and Perth Amboy. Jonathan Cano, 24, Rafael Rivera, 34, both of Carteret, and Shakeisha Davis, 31, of Perth Amboy were charged with conspiring with Ragland.
Kamilah Richardson, 31, and Curtis Mineweather, 36, both of Carteret were indicted on various drug and weapons charges.
When police arrested the defendants on April 3, officers seized 16 ounces of crack cocaine worth about $14,000, a half-ounce of marijuana worth about $2,500 and 69 packets of heroin, valued between $550 and $1,400, authorities said. Police also found was $3,800 in cash, a loaded .40-caliber handgun, .22-caliber ammunition, a bullet-proof vest, a money-counting machine and money wrappers, authorities said.
All of the defendants are in the Middlesex County jail.
The Middlesex County Gang, Guns and Drugs Task Force conducted the investigation, with assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, and police in Carteret, Edison, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, South Plainfield and Woodbridge.
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