News Release
For Immediate Release:
July 11, 2008

Contacts:
Douglas S. Collier
Special Agent/
Public Information Officer, NJ Division
(973)776-1143 (Office)
(862) 849-9940 (Cell)

Alleged Passaic County Gang Members Arrested
6 Arrests Yield Drugs, Money, Gun, Cars

JUL 11 -- (Paterson, NJ) Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division, and Passaic County Prosecutor James F. Avigliano announced today six individuals affiliated with the Trey 9 set of the Bloods street gang were rounded up in early Monday morning raids in Newark, Parsippany, and Paterson.

The arrests were executed as part of the New Jersey Governor’s Crime Initiative plan, to target criminal gangs, drugs and guns. The thirty-five day investigation was initiated by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office/Gang/Narcotics Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Postal Office, and Clifton Police Department.

The investigation targeted a Narcotic Trafficking Organization which is responsible for a significant amount of Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana and Ecstasy distribution within the Passaic County area.

The investigation revealed that one of the members was employed by the City of Paterson. The drugs were sent via the United States Postal Service from Puerto Rico to the City of Paterson. Drug proceeds were then sent back to Puerto Rico in the same manner.

According to Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Division, "Drug traffickers know no geographical or ethic boundaries. They work together for the sole purpose of selling drugs to make money for personal gain. DEA also knows no boundaries in their pursuit and prosecution."

During the morning arrests, 31 bricks of Heroin, 6 kilos of cocaine, a 9mm handgun, three vehicles and approximately $48,000 USD were seized.

Passaic County Prosecutor James F. Avigliano stated “ Without the outstanding cooperation with the DEA-Newark NJ, we would have been unable to arrest six major gang leaders and confiscate a substantial quantity of narcotics.  The assistance provided us by the DEA is key to our continued success in taking high level dealers and large quantities of drugs off the street.” 

United States Postal Inspector in Charge David L. Collins stated “The US Postal Inspection Service has no interest in being the unwitting accomplice to anyone using the mail to distribute illegal drugs. The primary objectives are to rid the mail of illicit drug trafficking, preserve the integrity of the mail and, most important, provide a safe environment for postal employees and the American public. Postal Inspectors accomplish this by focusing on illicit drug mailers and distribution organizations, maintaining an aggressive drug parcel detection program, and seeking prosecution of mailers and recipients of illegal drugs to the fullest extent of the law. Besides seizing thousands of drug shipments annually, Postal Inspectors work with the DEA, local police, and other federal law enforcement agencies to identify drug-related money laundering operations and go after the assets of the biggest violators. ”

SAC McAleer and Prosecutor Avigliano wish to thank and credit member agencies of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office/Gang/Narcotics Task Force, United States Postal Service, their Special Agents, officers and detectives as well as the officers and detectives from the Clifton Police Department.

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.

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