Eleven Alleged Members and Associates of the Grape Street Crips Convicted
On April 14, 2010, eleven men and one woman alleged to be part of or associated with the Grape Street Crips criminal street gang in Newark, New Jersey were charged with federal firearms or drug offenses. Gerral Ingram, (a.k.a “Rell”), William Inzar, (a.k.a “Ill Will”), Jahrod Kearney, (a.k.a. “Spazz”), Ahmod Bruton, (a.k.a. “Snap”), Wade Bruton, (a.k.a “Buggs”), Ahmod Bruton (a.k.a “Snap) all of Newark, New Jersey; Danny Joseph, 26, of Irvington, New Jersey; Khayri McMillan, (a.k.a. “Kah”), 25, of Verona, New Jersey were all charged with conspiracy to sell firearms without federal firearms licenses. According to the Complaint filed in Newark federal court, the defendants sold 16 firearms, including semi-automatic rifles with attached bayonets, and shotguns with sawed-off barrels. Ingram allegedly served as the primary point of contact for the illegal gun sales, while his co-defendants met with and transported the buyer to prearranged secluded locations, stored and retrieved the firearms, or handled the money in furtherance of the conspiracy. Except for Ahmod Bruton, all defendants have pleaded guilty to firearms offenses. Ahmod Bruton had remained a fugitive until his arrest on May 11, 2011.
Marquis Works, (a.k.a. “Freak”), Rasheed Smith, (a.k.a “Weed”), and Stevie Buckuse, (a.k.a. “Black”), all of Newark, New Jersey, were charged in a separate criminal Complaint with conspiracy to sell crack cocaine. Works and Smith have each pleaded guilty to crack cocaine charges. Dominque Auson, the female co-conspirator who had been previously been unidentified, was charged and arrested on April 7, 2011. Stevie Buckuse is scheduled to go to trial on June 7, 2011 before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler. He faces one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and two substantive crack cocaine distribution charges. With an Enhanced Penalty Information, Buckuse is facing a statutory minimum prison sentence of 20 years and a maximum prison sentence of life.
Sweeping Racketeering Indictment Charges 15 Members of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims Bloods Set in New Jersey
On January 24, 2011, a sweeping indictment was unsealed which charged 15 alleged members and associates of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims Set of the Bloods street gang with racketeering conspiracy. Those charged in the indictment represent senior leadership who ran the gang’s activities in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, N.J., and elsewhere. The 20-count indictment includes 63 overt acts that the defendants allegedly committed in furtherance of their racketeering conspiracy activity. Individuals are also charged with various offenses related to gang activities, including murder and murder conspiracies, numerous aggravated assaults, a kidnapping, firearms offenses, and various controlled substance distribution conspiracies
The indictment describes how Vincent Young, 41, a/k/a “No Good,” a/k/a “Good,” a/k/a “Big Head,” a member of the Los Angeles-based Fruit Town Brims Set of the Bloods street gang, traveled from California to New Jersey in 1993. While in New Jersey, Young killed a person he believed had threatened members of the gang. While in the New Jersey state prison system, Young founded and became the leader of the New Jersey-based Set of the Fruit Town Brims. Young met Altariq Gumbs, 33, a/k/a “Killer Reek,” a/k/a “Killer,” a/k/a “Reek,” a/k/a “Jersey,” a/k/a “Sankofa” while they were both incarcerated in the New Jersey state prison system, and recruited Gumbs to join the gang. Young promoted Gumbs to lead a Newark-based sub-set of the gang, known as the Brick City Brims. Young currently holds the position of “Triple Original Gangster,” or “OOOG,” which is the highest ranking position of the gang in New Jersey. Gumbs currently holds the position of “Double Original Gangster,” or “OOG,” which is the gang’s second-highest ranking position in New Jersey.
According to the second superseding indictment, the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims Set of the Bloods has been a highly organized group with rules governing members’ conduct. For example, entry into the Set requires most potential members to commit acts of violence or to be beaten or “jumped in” by one or more fellow Bloods members. In addition, Set members are required to attend regular meetings and pay “dues.” Members earn dues money through their criminal activities, including drug distribution, robbery, and extortion. The dues money that is collected at meetings is used to bail out fellow gang members who have been arrested, purchase minute cards for incarcerated members of the gang who have access to unauthorized cell phones, and deposit funds into the commissary accounts of incarcerated members – including Young, Gumbs, Torien Brooks, a/k/a “B.G.,” a/k/a “T-Bird,” a/k/a “Reek Boy,” and Emmanuel Jones, a/k/a “Killer,” a/k/a “Killer E,” a/k/a “Emo.” In addition to collecting dues, Set members report on business related to the gang, including their commission of acts of violence and narcotics trafficking, as well as identifying persons believed to be cooperating with law enforcement and responding to law enforcement activity.
Among the crimes charged in the indictment are those relating to a July 19, 2004, murder that occurred in Jersey City. Specifically, defendants Brooks and Jones allegedly shot and killed a person they believed was responsible for an earlier shooting of a fellow gang member, but was actually an innocent teenager identified in court documents as “M.T.” Three other bystanders were hit by stray bullets during the incident. Also charged are crimes relating to an April 11, 2005, conspiracy to murder and kidnap an individual identified in court documents as “M.M.” in Paterson. Specifically, defendants Brooks, Haleek State, a/k/a “H.O.,” Larry Mayo, a/k/a “Little Dark Angel,” a/k/a “D.A.,” and John Benning, a/k/a “Hood,” allegedly kidnapped and agreed to kill “M.M.,” an individual who had been involved in a dispute with members of the gang.
Although many of the gang’s members were incarcerated in recent years on different state and federal offenses, the gang continued to expand and commit acts of violence, both in and out of prison. Even while in prison, the gang’s leaders, including Young and Gumbs, continued to run the Set by communicating with fellow gang members via smuggled cell phones.