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New York Gang Member Pleads Guilty To Racketeering And Drug Trafficking Offenses, Including 2010 East Harlem Murder

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JAMAL ADAMSON, a/k/a “J-Rock,” pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court for his participation in crimes with the Cash Money Boys gang, including the June 2010 murder of David Moore in East Harlem.  United States District Judge Gregory H. Woods accepted the defendant’s guilty plea.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As a member of the violent Cash Money Boys street gang, Jamal Adamson caused the death of a 23-year-old man, attempted to kill another individual, and dealt dangerous drugs.  Now, Adamson faces significant prison time for his crimes and the harm he inflicted on his community.”

As alleged in the Indictment and other documents filed in federal court, and based on statements made in public court proceedings:

 The Cash Money Boys, or “CMB,” gang was a criminal enterprise involved in committing numerous acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, robberies, and assaults in and around Manhattan.  Members and associates of CMB engaged in violence to retaliate against rival gangs, to promote the standing and reputation of CMB, and to protect the gang’s narcotics sales. 

From at least in or about 2006 to in or about 2017, members and associates of CMB regularly distributed crack cocaine and other drugs in the vicinity of Lexington Avenue between East 122nd Street and East 123rd Street.  CMB controlled drug sales within this area by prohibiting and preventing non-members, outsiders, and rival drug dealers from selling drugs in the area controlled by the gang.  This included gang members shooting at, assaulting, and/or robbing other drug dealers and members of rival gangs who entered CMB’s territory.  

On or about June 20, 2010, after members of CMB and a rival gang got into a physical altercation, ADAMSON shot and killed David Moore, 23, near the corner of East 122nd Street and Lexington Avenue. 

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ADAMSON, 28, of New York, New York, pled guilty to a Superseding Information charging him with one count of racketeering conspiracy, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d), which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and one count of narcotics distribution conspiracy, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.    

The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding work of the New York City Police Department and the Special Agents of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Maurene Comey, Jacob Warren, Dominic A. Gentile, Christopher J. Clore, and Peter J. Davis are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated October 29, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 21-305