N.J. authorities charge 11 Grape Street Crips gang members with gun, cocaine trafficking

By Brian T. Murray (The Star-Ledger)
April 15, 2010

Seven men are in custody and four people are being sought after federal and state authorities infiltrated what they said was a gun-and-crack-cocaine trafficking operation run by the Grape Street Crips, a national street gang working out of Newark.

The investigation began last May when a confidential informant arranged undercover purchases of more than 200 grams of crack in Essex County, said Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey. Later, undercover agents purchased 16 guns from gang members in Newark and Irvington, he said.

The firearms included shotguns, semi-automatic rifles, lever-action rifles, revolvers and a semi-automatic pistol. Five of the semi-automatic rifles had large capacity ammunition clips, Fishman said. While most were defaced, sawed-off and older models, agents paid $22,400 for the guns, as the gang demanded prices two to four times higher than if the weapons were new and legally obtained.

Authorities said the prices the gang members sought may be a sign that the authorities’ crackdowns on illegal guns in Newark are having an effect.

“I take it as a good sign. It’s indicative they are getting more of a premium for them, and I think it’s because it may be getting more difficult to get guns on the street,” Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said. “We have put an emphasis on getting guns off the streets, and this shows maybe we’re getting more progress.”

A Savage 20-gauge pump shotgun with the barrel and stock sawed off, sold for $650. A beat-up Winchester 30-30 lever-action rifle, the type found in old Western movies, sold for $1,550 despite a sawed-off barrel and stock.

“Any weapon that functions can kill someone,” said Aaron T. Ford, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI Newark field office.

Fishman declined to say if the guns were stolen or had been used in other crimes.

The first firearm purchases were made through Gerral Ingram, 19, of Newark, last June and led authorities to Jahrod Kearney, 22, of Newark, Danny Joseph, 26, of Irvington and Khayri McMillan, 25, of Verona, authorities said. All are in custody on firearm conspiracy charges.

Also charged were William Inzar, 21, Newark, who is a fugitive, and Newark residents Wade Bruton, 21, and Ahmod Bruton, 32, both of whom are believed to be returning from a funeral in Virginia, authorities said. The relationship between the Brutons was not immediately clear.

Police said Marquis Works, 25, Rasheed Smith, 19 and Stevie Buckuse, 34, all of Newark, were arrested on cocaine conspiracy charges. Laquana Hill, 29, of Newark, is a fugitive being sought on the same charge, police said.

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3 Comments for “N.J. authorities charge 11 Grape Street Crips gang members with gun, cocaine trafficking”

  1. I wonder if these ni99as even know any body from Grape St. in Cali? This is one of the reasons why those west coast ni99as don’t respect the east coast on the bangin garbage!!! A bunch of f#@$king follower’s!!!! And I am from the east !!!!

    • Crippinsincedalate80s

      U kno this anet cali cuzz…..lmao…. Niccahs get laid out herewit a lever action rifle…. Clink clink….pow…. Clink….clink pow…..lmao
      Might as well ki*l urself if u gotta use that in a shoot out…. Besides if someone paying 1550 for a beat up rifle u shouldve knowen they pooh pooh lol sh*% I buyn sks for 500 an mac10s for 400….sh*% niccahs in the hood sell you a 40cal for 150….. Lmao niccah dats sum funny sh*%…..

      • nunski3

        My niccas went to jordan downs from hyatt court and put in work for them cali niccas they official google it hyatt court newark nj

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