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Friday, May 15, 2015

Two Members Of ‘Dirty Block’ Atlantic City, New Jersey, Gang Each Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison On Drug Conspiracy And Weapons Charges

CAMDEN, N.J. – Two Atlantic City, New Jersey, men were each sentenced to 240 months in prison today for their roles in a criminal street gang that used threats, intimidation and violence to maintain control of the illegal drug trade in Atlantic City, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Lamar Macon, 26, and Dominique Venable, 25, were previously convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, brandishing and discharging firearms in furtherance of the conspiracy and using a cellular telephone in furtherance of the conspiracy. Macon, Venable, Kareem Bailey, 21, and Terry Davis, 26, all of Atlantic City, were each convicted following a six-week trial before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas, who imposed the sentences for Macon and Venable today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence presented at trial:

The four men are members of a gang known as “Dirty Block,” a/k/a “Crime Fam,” “,” or “3.6,” which operated in a geographic area of Atlantic City that includes the public housing apartment complexes of Stanley Holmes Village Public Housing Complex, Renaissance Plaza and Schoolhouse Apartments.

The defendants participated in a violent street-level drug trafficking organization that controlled heroin sales through the possession of dozens of firearms and the use of gun violence, including at least one homicide and several non-fatal, drug-related shootings.

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Irenas sentenced both Macon and Venable to serve 10 years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Newark Division, Atlantic City Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel; the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor James P. McClain; the Atlantic City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Henry White; and the South Jersey Safe Streets Violent Incident and Gang (Safe Streets) Task Force, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

He also thanked the N.J. State Police; the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Northfield Police Department; the Vineland Police Department; the Brigantine Police Department; the Millville Police Department; the Mullica Township Police Department; the South Jersey Transportation Authority; and the U.S. Secret Service for their contributions.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Askin and Justin Danilewitz of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmund Burgos of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Defense Counsel:

Macon: William Spade Esq., Philadelphia

Venable: James Murphy Esq., Princeton, New Jersey

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Updated May 15, 2015