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Release* †† ††††††Date: June 29, 2009 †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
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County Prosecutorís Office
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Gang members, co-conspirators indicted on drug charges
The defendants, most of whom were arrested April 3, 2009, following a series of early-morning raids at their homes, were indicted by the grand jury on Friday, June 26, 2009, on a variety of drug possession and distribution charges following a six-month investigation by members of the Middlesex County Gang, Guns and Drugs Task Force, which is run by the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.
With assistance from federal, state and local police agencies, investigators arrested gang members, including a major narcotics supplier who was earning between $20,000 and $40,000 a month in illicit drug sales.
targeted gang members who had been dealing large amounts of crack cocaine and
other illegal substances in
Police also seized about 16 ounces of crack cocaine valued at more than $14,000; a half-ounce of marijuana worth about $2,500 and 69 packets of heroin, valued between $550 and $1,400.
In addition, police confiscated $3,800 cash, a loaded .40-caliber handgun, .22-caliber ammunition, a bullet-proof vest, and a money counting machine and money wrappers.
indictments mark another step to affirmatively and
aggressively target gangs and apprehend gang members involved in criminal
Prosecutor Kaplan created the Gang, Guns and Drugs Task Force following an anti-gang initiative that is part of Governor Jon S. Corzineís Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods, under the direction of Attorney General Anne Milgram and Jose Cordero, the statewide director of Gangs, Guns and Violent Crime Control.
Kaplan also credited law enforcement agencies that participated in the
investigation or arrests. Included were the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Middlesex County
A total of 24 counts in three indictments were handed up.
those indicted are Freddy Hill, (DOB 1/26/82) of
charged with conspiracy and leading a narcotics trafficking network in Carteret
and Perth Amboy between February 27 and April 2, 2009, was Sir John Ragland,
(DOB 7/30/80) of 14 Thornal St., Apt. 1, Carteret. He was identified as a
member of the
indicted by the grand jury on counts of conspiring with Ragland are Jonathan
Cano, (DOB 7/31/84) of
addition, the grand jury accused Latin Kings associate, Candace St. Juste, (DOB
indicted on various drug charges are Kamilah Richardson, (DOB 11/14/77) of
grand jury also handed up weapons charges against
grand jury also charged Malisha Vasquez, (DOB 6/4/73) of
The charges handed up against the defendants are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.