PLAINFIELD – Four members or associates of the G-Shine Bloods criminal street gang operating in Plainfield were arrested Wednesday by a federal task force for alleged drug and gun offenses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Andre Kelly, a/k/a “Duke,” 44, was arrested in Edison; Haleem Mc Coy, a/k/a Hollar,”26, Mustafa Harris a/k/a “Moose,” 32, and Rajab Gomez a/k/a “Snow,” 27, were arrested in Plainfield. All four defendants are charged in individual complaints with distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; McCoy is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Members of the task force recovered seven guns during the course of Kelly’s arrest, and one gun during the course of Gomez’s arrest, authorities said.
Fishman said, “New Jersey residents should not have to live in fear of street gangs operating and recruiting in their neighborhoods. Today’s arrests demonstrate our ongoing commitment to work with county prosecutors and other state and local partners to stem tide of violent crime.”
Michael B. Ward, Special Agent In Charge of the Newark Division of the FBI said, “Today’s arrests of ‘G-Shine’ Bloods and their associates in Plainfield, N.J., represent law enforcement’s continued emphasis on addressing violent gang activity. These arrests are also reflective of the fine coordination which exists between law enforcement in New Jersey. Agents assigned to our Safe Streets Task Force coupled with investigators from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, and Plainfield Police Department jointly investigated the case leading to today’s arrests. These arrests should serve as notice to those involved in gang activity that law enforcement resources are focused, fluid, and interchangeable devoting all necessary means to accomplish the task.”
If convicted, each of the defendants charged with the crack offense faces a minimum of years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. If convicted of the firearms offense, McCoy faces a maximum of ten years in prison a $250,000 fine.
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