FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. – A member of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang was sentenced today to 105 months for conspiring to murder a rival gang member in April 2009 and illegally possessing firearms, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Samad McCallum, 24, of Elizabeth, N.J., previously pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and one count of possession of two firearms while a convicted felon. McCallum previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler, who also imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
McCallum admitted that he conspired with other Fruit Town and Brick City Brims members, including Gerard Jennette, 27, a/k/a “Swizzy,” and Thomas Haskins, 26, a/k/a “Tommy Gunz,” to kill a rival gang member, identified in court documents as “M.B.” They believed M.B. was responsible for ordering the murder of two Fruit Town and Brick City Brims members in Jersey City, N.J. Haskins and Jennette have both previously pleaded guilty; Haskins was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Jennette is awaiting sentencing.
On April 27, 2009, McCallum, Jennette, and Haskins were arrested in Jersey City in a van with a loaded Kahr 9-mm handgun, a loaded Intratech Luger 9-mm semi-automatic Tec-9, and three ski masks.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced McCallum to three years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward; law enforcement officers from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Frank X. Schillari; the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Samuel Jefferson and Chief Thomas Comey; and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Edward J. De Fazio
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa Jampol, Lisa Colone, and Robert Frazer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Michael Pedicini Esq., Morristown, N.J.