Five Members And Associates Of New Jersey Grape Street Crips Indicted For Drug Trafficking, Firearms Possession
NEWARK, N.J. – Five Newark men associated with the New Jersey set of the Grape Street Crips were charged today in three separate indictments with drug distribution and firearms offenses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Marvin Eure, a/k/a “Man Man,” 22, is charged in a two-count indictment with heroin distribution and possessing firearms as a previously convicted felon. Louis Coston, a/k/a “Real Rell,” 26, is charged in a separate two-count indictment with conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and one count of heroin possession with intent to distribute.
Ahmad Mann, a/k/a “P.O.,” a/k/a “P-Easy,” 37, Milton Latham, a/k/a “Murder,” 42, and Vincent J. Carter, a/k/a “Vince,” a/k/a “Vin,” 61, are charged in a third indictment with conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. In addition, Latham is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon, and Mann is charged with three counts of heroin possession with intent to distribute.
According to the indictments:
The New Jersey Grape Street Crips controlled drug trafficking and other criminal activities in various areas of Newark. Coston and Ahmed Singleton, 26, a/k/a “Gangsta-Mu,” a/k/a “Mooshie,” both members of the New Jersey Grape Street Crips, allegedly sold prolific quantities of heroin to both Newark residents and out-of-town customers. Mann, Latham, and Carter allegedly worked together to distribute brick quantities of heroin in and around the Pennington Court, Hyatt Court, and Riverview public housing complexes in Newark, New Jersey.
Eure was a long-time member of the New Jersey Grape Street Crips who, after a violent dispute with the group’s leadership, formed a rival gang with various associates. In August 2012, Eure allegedly sold a Remington Arms 870 Magnum shotgun and a 7.62 caliber SKS rifle to a confidential informant working with the FBI. On Oct. 24, 2014, Eure also distributed heroin at the Kemsco Village housing complex in Newark.
To date, 37 members and associates of the New Jersey Grape Street Crips have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, firearms and other charges. The leadership and senior members of the gang are awaiting trial on a racketeering indictment that includes four murders, three attempted murders, and numerous other crimes.
Eure faces a potential sentence of 10 years in prison for the firearms charge and a potential sentence of 20 years in prison for heroin distribution. Coston faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a potential maximum of life in prison for the heroin conspiracy charge, as well as a potential 20-year sentence for the heroin distribution charge.
Mann, Latham, and Carter face a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison for the heroin distribution charge. Mann faces a 20-year sentence for each of the three heroin distribution counts. Latham faces a 10-years sentence for the firearms charge.
Eure, Coston, Mann, and Latham remain in custody. Carter is out on bail.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski, and special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher, for the investigation leading to the charges. U.S. Attorney Fishman also thanked prosecutors and detectives of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, police officers and detectives of the Newark Department of Public Safety, under the direction of Director Anthony A. Ambrose, and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Armando B. Fontoura, for their work on the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Osmar J. Benvenuto and Barry A. Kamar of the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit of the Criminal Division in Newark.
This case was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.