Essex County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking and Possessing Two Loaded Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking
NEWARK, N.J. – Ten members of the Jersey City gang associated with the Marion Gardens Housing Complex were charged today for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
Myron Williams, aka “Money,” aka “Tunchi,” 29, and Andre Alomar, aka “Dre8,” 21, both of Newark; and Herbert Thomas, 48; Roger Pickett, aka “Zy Gz,” 22; Anthony Rogers, aka “MG,” 22; Naim Richardson, aka “Ninicks,” 29; Quaseame Wilson, aka “Qua Gz,” 26; Javon Williams, aka “J45,” 21; Jawaad Davis, 20; and Keith Anderson, 21, all of Jersey City, New Jersey, are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
The defendants are scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Myron Williams, Pickett, Alomar, Rogers, Richardson, Wilson, Javon Williams, Davis, and Anderson are all members and associates of the neighborhood street gang associated with the Marion Gardens Housing Complex. Since March 2021, members and associates of the Marion Gardens street gang have committed numerous acts of violence, including a murder on March 29, 2021; a murder on Nov. 20, 2021 and a murder on Nov. 1, 2022.
The murder on Nov. 1, 2022, was committed in furtherance of the gang’s drug trafficking activities, during an attempted robbery of controlled substances. Davis facilitated that murder by communicating with the victim to coordinate a narcotics transaction. When the victim and another associate arrived at the Marion Gardens Housing Complex to complete the narcotics transaction, Davis robbed the victim’s narcotics supply while Pickett and Wilson held the victim and his associate at gunpoint. Pickett shot and killed the victim while the victim’s associate fled. Pickett and Wilson then fled the Marion Gardens Housing Complex in Pickett’s vehicle.
The gang’s drug trafficking activities included hundreds of narcotics transactions that occurred within and around the Marion Gardens Housing Complex during the investigation. Thomas was the primary supplier of narcotics to the Marion Gardens drug trafficking organization.
All defendants are facing a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, and a fine of up to $5 million.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Bryan Miller; and investigators of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Esther Suarez for the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the investigators of the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Director James Shea; investigators of the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Director Fritz Fragé for their assistance.
This investigation was conducted as part of the Jersey City Violent Crime Initiative (VCI). The VCI was formed in 2018 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Jersey City Police Department, for the sole purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Jersey City. As part of this partnership, federal, state, county, and city agencies collaborate to strategize and prioritize the prosecution of violent offenders who endanger the safety of the community. The VCI is composed of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the ATF, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, the U.S. Marshals, the Jersey City Police Department, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Parole, the Hudson County Jail, and the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center/Real Time Crime Center.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Grace, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.