A federal grand jury has indicted six members of the 230 Boys street gang for selling heroin and fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito’s office said on Friday.
Wyzier Peterson, 23, also known as “Trap;” Carl Brown, 26, also known as “C Dub” or “Dub;” Aaryn Abrams, 24, also known as “Al;” Najier Boone, 24, also known as “Bebe;” Zikeme Brooks, 27, also known as “Zeek” and “Ace;” and Jimir Ricks, 26, also known as “40” and “Red” were charged in a 29-count indictment.
Peterson, Brown, Abrams, Boone, Brooks, and Ricks were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl. Peterson and Ricks were charged with distribution of heroin and fentanyl. Brown and Boone were charged with distribution of heroin. Peterson was charged with distribution of heroin and fentanyl that resulted in a death and distribution of heroin. Ricks, Abrams, Brooks, Boone were charged with distribution of heroin and fentanyl. Boone was charged with distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base. Abrams was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base. Abrams was also charged with use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
All six are members of the 230 Boys street gang that operates around Rosa Parks Boulevard and Godwin Avenue. From September 2018 through July 3, 2019, the six gang members conspired to distribute heroin and fentanyl.
Authorities conducted “numerous” controlled purchases of drugs and consensually recorded phone calls and text messages to gather evidence against the gang. They also conducted physical surveillance.
In October 2019, the six indicted gang members and 10 other members and associates of the 230 Boys were charged by federal authorities.
Six of them – Keith Brinkley, 30; Isaiah Hargrove, 21; Tyson Jacobs, 21; Amir Jones, 21; Dwayne Northern, 35; and Cequan Wharton, 30, all of Paterson — pleaded guilty before federal judge Brian R. Martinotti.
The gang members face lengthy prison sentences.
The case is under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, whose goal is to “identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.”