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Jersey:(newark) crip admits to intimidating shooting witness

Post by Quiet-Q » July 12th, 2017, 6:00 am

Crips gang member admits intimidating shooting trial witness

Updated on July 11, 2017 at 10:12 PM
Posted on July 11, 2017 at 8:13 PM
BY THOMAS MORIARTY
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NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK -- When the Essex County Prosecutor's Office dropped gun charges against Ahmed Singleton in 2015, the city gang member was ecstatic.

Ahmed Singleton. (Essex County Correctional Facility)
Ahmed Singleton. (Essex County Correctional Facility)
"Who you know cause a ruckus on these (expletive) streets, come home, do whatever the (expletive) they want, and still be out here son?" he was heard telling a fellow gang member on a wiretapped phone call.

On Tuesday, prosecutors say, Singleton, 28, admitted in federal court to having intimidated a key witness in that case into refusing to testify by having fellow members of the Grape Street Crips sit in the gallery when the witness testified.

The intimidation plot was part of racketeering and drug conspiracy charges Singleton pleaded guilty to under an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, which has stipulated a sentence of 19 years in prison for his crimes.

Singleton, who went by the street names "Gangsta," "Gangsta-Moo" and "Mooshie," was one of three men charged by the Drug Enforcement Administration in May 2015, court records show.

Singleton, who also admitted plotting to deal more than 2 pounds of heroin and a significant quantity of crack cocaine, was first charged by the county prosecutor's office with aggravated assault and weapons offenses in connection with an April 2013 shooting.

By the time the case had reached trial in March 2015, Singleton and one of his co-conspirators were the target of a court-authorized wiretap, which captured him bragging about how his "goons" had entered the courtroom when the witness took the stand.

According government wiretap transcripts, the witness's attorney told Singleton's lawyer that his client would "do the right thing" and refuse to testify against him, in an attempt to avoid retaliation.


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Court filings state the wiretaps also captured Singleton discussing numerous drug transactions with customers and suppliers.

A federal grand jury in February 2016 indicted 14 "senior members" of the Grape Street Crips on charges ranging from racketeering to murder, following an investigation led by the FBI.

Prior to the federal investigations that disrupted the gang's operations, prosecutors say its members controlled the drug trade in numerous areas of the city, including the Pennington Court and Oscar Miles housing complexes and the Millard Terrell homes.

Singleton's sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 12.

Thomas Moriarty may be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @ThomasDMoriarty. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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ESSEX COUNTY
Man charged with killing 16-year-old caught in Atlanta

Updated on July 11, 2017 at 6:25 PM
Posted on July 11, 2017 at 6:11 PM
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Gallery: Homicide in Newark's East Ward
BY NOAH COHEN
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NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
NEWARK -- A Newark man was arrested in Georgia Tuesday on charges he shot four people earlier this year at a troubled public housing complex in the city's East Ward - killing one, a 16-year-old high school student.

Raheem Rudd, police photo
Raheem Rudd, police photo
Members of an FBI task force captured 24-year-old Raheem Rudd in Atlanta, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced.

Rudd is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons offenses in the Jan. 11 shooting at the John Hyatt Court Complex, a Newark Housing Authority-run complex on Hawkins Street.

Rudd is accused of killing Kevin Barber, 16, and shooting three other males from Newark, ages 15, 16 and 19, officials said.

Barber, who attended East Side High School, died at the scene of the 5 p.m. shooting. The other 16-year-old boy suffered serious injuries in the shooting.

Officials said Rudd remained held at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta Tuesday ahead of extradition proceedings to return him to Essex County.

Prosecutors also charged Rudd with eluding law enforcement for allegedly fleeing the shooting and heroin distribution, but did not reveal details of those charges. Newark police chased a car that sped away from the housing project crime scene, multiple witnesses and police sources said at the time.

Security cut at housing complex before fatal shooting, sources say
Security cut at housing complex before fatal shooting, sources say

The slain boy's grandfather, Herbert Waldron, told NJ Advance Media in an interview earlier this year that his family was previously targeted in a shooting last summer at another city housing complex.

A prosecutor's office spokeswoman declined to comment on a possible motive for the murder.

The deadly shooting was Newark's first reported murder of the year and led to calls for increased security at the NHA-run residences. Part-time armed special police officers, who have limited law enforcement powers and work security in varying shifts for the NHA, were pulled from the property about a week before the shooting in a cost-saving move, law enforcement sources told NJ Advance Media at the time.

Officials at the housing authority, which is autonomous from city hall, said they had limited federal funds for policing. Community activists and area residents told NJ Advance Media in January that security was minimal at the complex.

Ambrose, the city's public safety director, called for better coordination between NHA executives and his agency after the shooting. A majority of violent crime in Newark's East Ward, which is one of the city's lowest crime areas, is tied to the housing project, officials previously said.

Noah Cohen may be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @noahyc and on Facebook. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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HUDSON COUNTY
Jersey City motor vehicle stop leads to gun charges for Essex County man

Updated on July 11, 2017 at 5:48 PM
Posted on July 11, 2017 at 5:48 PM
Jermain O. Brown, 34, of East Orange, appears in court in Jersey City yesterday, July 10, 2017, on gun charges.
Jermain O. Brown, 34, of East Orange, appears in court in Jersey City yesterday, July 10, 2017, on gun charges.
BY MICHAELANGELO CONTE
The Jersey Journal
JERSEY CITY - A motor vehicle stop by Jersey City police on Tonnelle Avenue led to the recovery of a stolen handgun and the arrest of the 34-year-old East Orange man.

When officers pulled over Jermain O. Brown near Utica Street on July 2 he told police his registration might be in the glove compartment but he said the compartment was jammed, the criminal complaint says.

Jersey City man facing gun charges is already serving 5 years probation
Jersey City man facing gun charges is already serving 5 years probation

After being granted permission to search, police found a black Springfield XDM-9 handgun found in the glove compartment, the documents states.

Brown made his first appearance on the charges of unlawful possession of a handgun and receiving stolen property in Criminal Justice Reform Court in Jersey City Monday via video link from Hudson County jail in Kearny.

At the hearing, the state moved to detain Brown through the course of his prosecution. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.

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Re: Jersey:(newark) crip admits to intimidating shooting witness

Post by Southwarddevil » July 13th, 2017, 1:58 am

the babylocs really got the clout in the bricks idk if its a good thing or a bad thing

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Re: Jersey:(newark) crip admits to intimidating shooting witness

Post by Cocaine » July 15th, 2017, 4:54 am

Southwarddevil wrote:
July 13th, 2017, 1:58 am
the babylocs really got the clout in the bricks idk if its a good thing or a bad thing

:2cents: Shout out to my locs in Newark tho. :salute:

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Re: Jersey:(newark) crip admits to intimidating shooting witness

Post by Southwarddevil » July 15th, 2017, 7:52 pm

Cocaine wrote:
July 15th, 2017, 4:54 am
Southwarddevil wrote:
July 13th, 2017, 1:58 am
the babylocs really got the clout in the bricks idk if its a good thing or a bad thing

:2cents: Shout out to my locs in Newark tho. :salute:
s/o my grapes and naybors(60sx30s) and a couple of my treys :tiphat:

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