Seven Arrested In Connection With Multi-State Drug Distribution Network

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Wendell Wilson (Photo courtesy of Union County Prosecutor's Office)

ELIZABETH — A joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division and the Elizabeth Police Department led to the arrest of seven individuals who were allegedly involved in a sophisticated and widespread drug distribution network, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, search warrants were simultaneously executed at 297 Branch Brook Drive, Belleville, and 13 Barnes Court, Perth Amboy. As a result of these search warrants, approximately $39,000, three motor vehicles, and approximately 250 grams of heroin with a street value of $65,000, were seized, said Romankow.

In addition to the Prosecutor’s Office, DEA, and Elizabeth Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Belleville Police Department and Belleville SWAT Team, and Perth Amboy Police Department participated in the investigation.

The arrests and seizures were the results of a two-month investigation focusing on the activities of a heroin trafficking organization allegedly run by Perth Amboy resident Wendell Wilson, 40, which controlled much of the heroin trade in Elizabeth, said Romankow.

The operation was being investigated by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force. The investigation revealed members of the organization distributed heroin in throughout New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA New Jersey Division, said, “As fast as we identified these drug trafficking groups on the radar screen, the faster we team up and eliminate their criminal enterprise.”

Wilson is a high-ranking member of the East Side Mob Gang PIRU, a set of the Bloods criminal street gang, Romankow said.

Following the execution of the search warrant it was revealed that the Belleville address was being used as a heroin mill, a location where pure heroin is cut and packaged into glassine envelopes for street sales.

“Arrests like these provide a stark reality check on the depth and scope that drug dealers have on communities,” said Romankow. “Every agency involved in this operation is committed to continuing investigations like these, to get this poison off the streets and those who push it behind bars.”

Wilson was charged with leading of a narcotics trafficking network; maintaining a production facility, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $3 million.

The other defendants include:

  • Jameel Perrin, 30, of Belleville, who is charged with maintaining a production facility, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and maintaining a booby trap. Bail was set at $2 million
  • Kareem Anderson, 34, of Belleville, who is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $1 million.
  • Cornell Sims, 26, of Elizabeth, who was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $1 million.
  • Tamir Minter, 29, of Elizabeth, who was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $1 million.
  • Edward Wood, 28, of Elizabeth, who was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $1 million
  • Shaniqua Sims, 29, of Perth Amboy, who was charged with financial facilitation of criminal activity, and conspiracy to distribution a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $250,000

The charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.


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