New York’s WNBC recently reported that federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested several alleged members of a street gang called G-Shine Bloods.
A dozen G-Shine Blood members and associates have been charged with distributing fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine, according to the report.
DEA and Newark police officials claim that some of the suspects trafficked illegal drugs at a public housing complex and stored some of the substances and cash at a recreation center. Three of the defendants are apparently employed at the Rotunda Recreation and Wellness Center.
If convicted, the defendants each face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years, according to authorities. They could also be eligible for life behind bars, according to the WNBC report.
The charges are the culmination of a wiretap investigation conducted by DEA agents.
Documents filed in court state that the G-Shine Bloods are an offshoot of the Bloods gang, and is led by two of the defendants. The documents also claim that the three Rotunda employees made or accepted large deliveries of narcotics multiple times at the facility.
One of the defendants was named as director of the center, though Newark’s mayor insisted at a press briefing that the man was not in charge there, but was simply a part-time worker.
The charges they face are as serious as can be. Before anyone in similar circumstances speaks with a prosecutor or investigator, they should talk with a skilled criminal defense attorney devoted to protecting rights and freedom at every step of the legal process.