DEA, IRS, NJSP & Newark Police Department,
DEC 5 --(Newark, NJ) Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division, William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Newark Field Division, Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Garry F. McCarthy, Director of Police, Newark Police Department and other law enforcement agencies announced the execution of a multi agency operation of more than 100 federal, state, county, and local law enforcement officers dubbed “Follow the Money”.
The operation targeted the head of a heroin narcotics ring and money launder, Rasheem Small of Newark/Rahway, along with two Blood Gang Members one, a Five Star General in gang vernacular, Abdullah Myers of Cranford, and Blood gang member Eddie Gilbert of Newark, a drug money launder Dominick Pardo of Clark, a Newark Police Officer Michelle Davis of Newark, and other members of this organization. This organization was responsible for the distribution of heroin and the laundering of approximately $7 million dollars in drug proceeds.
Operation “Follow the Money” was the culmination of a 3 year investigation during which federal, state, county and local police were able to establish the hierarchy within the organization and target those who controlled the heroin drug distribution network and the illegal money laundering activities. Law enforcement agencies executed six federal arrest warrants and six federal search warrants throughout Essex and Union Counties.
Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the New Jersey Division of the DEA stated, “ This investigation is a part of DEA’s goal to deny operating capital and profits of Drug Trafficking Organizations.”
William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS stated, “Drug trafficking is a crime that revolves around money. IRS Criminal Investigation follows the money trail to financially disrupt and dismantle significant narcotics trafficking organizations.”
Newark Police Director Garry F. McCarthy said, “I applaud the efforts of all of the agencies involved in this investigation. It is disappointing to me that a police officer willfully violates the very oath that they take. We will continue to have a zero tolerance for rogue police officers and corruption and they will be investigated fully. However, we will continue our commitment and hard work to target and arrest those individuals supplying, laundering, and controlling the drug markets in the City of Newark.”
Federal Arrest Warrants:
Information regarding their whereabouts should be directed to the US Marshal’s Service at 1-800-336-0102.
Federal Search Warrants:
1. .50 Cal. Desert Eagle Semi-Auto- 190 Lewis Street, Apt.315, Rahway, NJ
2. .45 Cal Glock Semi-Auto- 201 Dietz St., Cranford, NJ
3. Approximately $ 50,000.00 in cash
3. .40 Cal Glock Semi-Auto- 114-116 Badger Ave., Newark, NJ
5. Porsche Cayenne SUV-
6. Drag Racing Car
7. Land Rover
8. F-350 Ford Truck
9. Custom Build Motorcycle
SAC McAleer, SAC Offord, Colonel Fuentes, and Director McCarthy extend an expression of gratitude for the assistance of the hard working men and women of the law enforcement community that assisted in this investigation they are the following: DEA, IRS, New Jersey State Police, Newark Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, United States Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshal’s Service.
Despite these charges every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and State law.