Prosecutor: 31 arrested, guns and heroin seized from Jersey City drug ring

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31 people were arrested, with guns, heroin and other illegal narcotics seized from a Jersey City drug ring as the result of an eight-month investigation, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. Jersey City drug ring

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday, following an eight-month investigation, members of Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Jersey City Police Department and various local and federal law enforcement agencies executed multiple search warrants in both Hudson and Essex counties, Suarez said in a statement.

Officers arrested 31 individuals who were charged with various narcotics and firearm offenses.

Beginning at 6:00 a.m., more than 150 law enforcement officers executed search warrants in multiple locations in Jersey City and East Orange including seven residences, four vehicles and one business, authorities said.

Additional search warrants and arrest warrants continued to be executed throughout the day.

In addition to the arrests, officers seized two handguns, hollow point bullets, three vehicles, and various amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and illegal prescription drugs.

“This network was responsible for supplying a significant amount of heroin and other narcotics to the Jersey City area,” added Suarez.

“Considering the amount of drug use and the drug distribution trade in this area, it’s reassuring that this collaborative effort will help to diminish the harm imposed on the residents of Jersey City by this illegal activity.”

She also credited the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service for assisting with the arrests and execution of the search warrants, as well as the Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Medical Services for their assistance during the operation.

“The investigative work of the officers in the Jersey City Violent Crimes Unit led to the uncovering of this network of drugs, guns and violent offenders,” said Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea.

“Their work, and the collaboration with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and multiple other county and federal law enforcement agencies, has led to these nearly three dozen arrests and bringing down this illegal and dangerous operation.”

Those arrested are as follows:

Kyleamin Martin, 38, of Jersey City, was charged with leader of a narcotics trafficking network, multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of cocaine, conspiracy to possess a firearm and conspiracy to commit official misconduct.

Reginald Williams, 27, of Jersey City, was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to unlawfully possess a firearm and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Javon Williams, 21, of Jersey City, was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs, distribution of heroin, conspiracy to possess a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense, possession of a hi-capacity firearm, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of hollow point bullets and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Tarvis Frye, 24, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and conspiracy to possess a firearm.

Jamilla Jones, 32, of Jersey City, was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute marijuana in conspiracy to commit official misconduct, official misconduct and pattern of official misconduct.

Steven Kitchens, 47, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Darrell Stokes, 61, of East Orange, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Arvetta Stokes, 56, of East Orange, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Anneka Taylor, 35, of East Orange, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Gladyinet Ferrer, 26, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine in  and possession of cocaine.

Wilfredo Sanabria, 23, of Jersey City, was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to possess a firearm and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Shamar Bey, 25, of Elizabeth, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and certain persons not to possess a firearm.

Adelso Ovalle-DelaCruz, 20, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Manuel Sanabria, 19, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin in and conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs in violation.

Tyrone Alexander, 46, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

Rashonda Harris, 42, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

Nathan Miller, 28, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and Conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

Markise Johnson, 25, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

Josephine Colclough, 66, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

Jermaine Mitchell, 35, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Donte Badger, 20, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

Destiny Washington, 26, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin in violation.

Damon Smith, 40, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

Caryl Gaston, 38, of East Orange, was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Ashley Lipowski, 25, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Damon Williams, 22, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

Freddie Frye Jr., 48, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Celina Colclough, age 48 of Willingboro, was charged with conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

Elijah White, 57, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Tyrell Frye, 27, of Jersey City, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Austin Jeffrey, 25, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute prescription legend drugs.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

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