Gang ties suspected in drug dealing case

Ryan Hutton (New England Newspapers) | August 26, 2010

NORTH ADAMS — Two suspected members of the Bloods street gang are facing drug and assault charges following their arrest this week by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

Jermaine S. Russell, 30, of Chase Avenue and Matthew R. King, 28, of State Street were arraigned on multiple charges in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday. They were arrested early Tuesday morning after police seized $275 in cash, a handgun and 15 grams of crack cocaine.

According to court documents, the men are both suspected members of a subset of the Bloods street gang known as the Nine Trey Gangsters — widely considered by law enforcement to be the largest and most dangerous of the Blood groups in the country.

The task force executed two no-knock search warrants at 55 Chase Ave. and 179 State St. at 7:13 a.m. Tuesday with the assistance of the Berkshire County Special Emergency Response Team. At the Chase Avenue address, police arrested Russell and Sarah Morrell, who also pleaded not guilty to identical charges as Russell.

Task force members found the gun — a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver — hidden in the basement of Russell’s Chase Avenue address, according to the documents. Also confiscated during the Chase Avenue raid were a small bag of marijuana and $275 in cash — some of which had been used by undercover task force officers in controlled drug buys.

Morrell had a bag containing 53 individually wrapped bags of crack cocaine weighing a combined 15 grams. The crack was estimated to have a street value of $2,650.

The task force had been conducting controlled undercover drug buys for some time to build evidence against the pair.

Article continues at:

Posted by on Aug 26 2010. Filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply


Search Archive

Search by Date
Search by Category
Search with Google

Photo Gallery

Log in |
  • Home
  • Hispanic Gangs
  • Homies Figures – The Original Homies
  • Prison Gangs
  • The Inside Man – Confidential Informant, Los Angeles Gangs & the LAPD
  • Email
  • Connecticut Drug Threat Assessment report – 2003
  • Dianne Feinstein Report, The Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act: Combating the Spread of Gang Violence – 2003
  • National Alliance of Gang Investigators 2005
  • L.A. Area Terrorized by Marauding Youngsters
  • Other Cities
  • Three persons were killed by shotgun blast in hotel on Vermont Avenue, 1979
  • Jamiel’s Law, proposed by Mayoral candiate Walter Moore
  • Los Angeles Police Gang Enforcement Initiaitives – 2007
  • My Kingdom Come – 2015
  • Passing of Vincent A Alonso
  • Bibliography on street gangs for the gang researcher
  • Cal State Long Beach T-Shirt from “Oldest Bloods” Series
  • Four Pacc Crips car alliance (42, 43 & 48)
  • SG Music Group
  • Crip Gangs
  • Bloods
  • Asian Gangs
  • Forums
  • Shop
  • Injunctions
  • Contact information
  • Resources
  • Contact