Lewis, 31, of Cherry Hill, a.k.a. “V” and “Cool
V,” and Ahmed Judge, 29, of Camden,
a.k.a. “Edy” and “Bleek,” were both arrested
yesterday on arrest warrants following their
Indictment for the Oct. 4, 2001, killing of Kenneth Fussell in connection
with a Continuing
Criminal Enterprise (CCE) allegedly directed by Raymond Morales, who
was arrested in March
2003. The charge makes Lewis and Judge eligible for a federal death
“ DEA is proud to be an integral part of U.S. Attorney
Christie’s Camden coalition dispensing
justice to those undermining progress in this city,” said Acting
Agent in Charge Collier.
“ As we attack this sad side of Camden, I would implore prospective employers
to look at this
strategically located city and give its good, decent people the two things they
need most: jobs
Federal charges have also been brought against 12 defendants who are
named in any of two
Indictments and/or two separate Criminal Complaints. Four other defendants
arrested and charged federally, and 35 more suspects were arrested
on state charges over the
course of the four overlapping investigations. In total, the four cases
have resulted in 51 suspects
The Indictments and Complaints are offshoots of another long-term investigation
in the March 8, 2003 arrests and subsequent Indictment of six defendants,
including Morales, 34,
of Camden. At the time of those arrests, agents seized approximately
30 kilograms of cocaine,
with an estimated street value of $5.85 million.
(The federal defendants’ names, ages and towns of residence,
along with charges and penalties,
are broken down by charging document in an addendum to this news release.)
In January 2005, federal, state, county and local officials announced
a cooperative effort among
the U.S. Attorney’s Office, DEA, ATF, FBI and U.S. Marshal’s
Service to assist local, county
and state law enforcement in their mission to combat crime in the City
“ A year ago, we set out on a mission to bring greater resources to the
fight against drugs and
lawlessness in the City of Camden,” Christie said. “We
made it clear then that we wanted to
help Camden move out of the national spotlight as a crime capital and
ahead with its future.
These prosecutions, others successfully completed and still others
yet to come are the fruits of
our combined efforts to improve Camden.”
The Lewis/Judge Indictment
Count One of an Indictment returned on Feb. 1, and unsealed with
the defendants’ arrests
yesterday, charges Lewis, Judge and five others with conspiring from
1993 until March 8, 2003,
with others, including Morales, to distribute and possess with intent
to distribute large amounts
of cocaine and crack cocaine. Count Two charges that Lewis and Judge,
while engaging in and
furthering the CCE, intentionally caused the killing of Kenneth Fussell.
Count Three charges that on Oct. 4, 2001, the day of the Fussell
murder, Judge possessed a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun after
previously having been convicted of a
felony. Defendants named in this Indictment who were not already
in custody on other charges were arrested yesterday by members of the
law enforcement coalition.
The Arizona Arrests and Morales Connection
Count One of a second Indictment, also returned on Feb. 1 and unsealed
with the defendants’
arrests yesterday, charges that beginning in early 2001 and continuing
until March 8, 2003, three
Arizona residents, Edgar Gonzalez-Valenzuela, Jesus Leyva and Laura
Rodriguez, conspired with others, including Morales, to distribute
and possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine.
Count Two charges that on March 8, 2003, Gonzalez-Valenzuela did knowingly
and intentionally distribute and possess with intent to distribute
five kilograms or more of cocaine. All three of those defendants were
arrested yesterday in Arizona.
The investigations that resulted in the Indictments were led by
the DEA and the Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking
Area (HIDTA) Task Force.
“ I am proud that my office, the Camden Police Department and the Cherry
Department were able to successfully collaborate with the DEA Mobile
Enforcement Team on
this investigation and significant series of arrests,” said Prosecutor
Sarubbi. “The MET team
resources enhanced the ability of county and local investigators
to work alongside federal agents
with single-minded focus, and the results are impressive. The individuals
arrested are charged
with participating in some of the most violent drug trafficking
organizations in the city.”
In addition to the defendants charged in the two Indictments, law
enforcement officials also
announced that the investigative efforts of MET led to the recent
arrests of members of two
separate drug organizations which controlled cocaine sales in two
violent areas of the city.
Ronald Damon and the “300 Morse Street Crew”
According to a Complaint unsealed with his arrest on Dec. 5, 2005,
Ronald Damon, 37, of
Camden, a.k.a. “Rockmyer,” was the leader of a high profile
narcotic trafficking network known
as the “300 Morse Street Crew.” This organization allegedly
controlled the powder and crack
cocaine markets in Camden’s Eastside section. Damon is charged
with one count of distribution
and possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of
crack cocaine. The organization’s
upper level distributors, Joseph McCray, 42, of Camden, a.k.a. “Darkman” and “Piggy
Anthony McFadden, 38, of Camden, a.k.a. “Ant,” and Brian
Dickens, 23, of Camden, a.k.a.
Twan,” were arrested and charged federally over the course
of the one-year investigation.
there were 15 state arrests of other members of the organization.
The Ablett Village Organization
A second Complaint unsealed with the defendants’ arrests over
this past weekend charges two
defendants as a result of MET’s investigation into drug trafficking
in the area of Ablett Village, a
public housing community in Camden’s Cramer Hill section. Through
the investigation, Mark
Davis, 28, of Camden, a.k.a. “Dos” and “Andos,” was
identified as the alleged leader of the
Ablett Village drug trafficking organization. According to the
Complaint, Davis and his
organization possessed multiple firearms, including an AK-47
assault rifle. Also arrested and
charged in the complaint was Davis’s suspected right-hand man
James Baker, 33, of Camden,
a.k.a. “Big Man.” Additionally, more than 20 state arrests
were made during the investigation.
(See Attached DEA Chart)
is also charged in Count One of the Lewis/Judge Indictment, which also
charges several others with conspiracy to distribute and possess with
to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams
or more of crack cocaine.
The MET program was established on the premise that a skilled
and trained team of investigators
specializing in the dismantling of violent drug gangs could
be a tremendous resource for state,
County and local police confronted with drug-related crime.
The DEA MET includes law
enforcement investigators assigned from ATF, Camden County
County Sheriff's Department, Camden Police Department, Cherry
Hill Police Department, DEA
Philadelphia Task Force, New Jersey State Police, and the Philadelphia
Almost all the defendants are temporarily detained pending
bail hearings that will take place
over the next week. Arraignments on one of the Indictments
are scheduled for Feb. 15 before
U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas.
Despite Indictment or being charged in a criminal complaint,
every defendant is presumed
innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt, following a trial at which the
defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S.
Constitution and federal law.
Christie credited the Special Agents of the DEA, under the
direction of Acting Special Agent in
Charge Brian W. Collier in Newark, and Investigators with member
agencies of the
Philadelphia/Camden HIDTA Task Force, with developing the investigation
which resulted in
today’s Superseding Indictment. The Philadelphia/Camden
HIDTA Task Force is comprised of
the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the Districts of New
Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, The
Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Philadelphia District Attorney's
Office, DEA, FBI, ATF,
Camden Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Philadelphia
Police Department, New
Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania Attorney
General's Office, Camden County
Sheriff's Department, Delaware River Port Authority Police
and the U.S. Marshal's Service.
For the two cases indicted, the Government is represented by
Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard
Wiener, of the U.S. Attorney's Criminal Division in Camden.
For the two cases charged by
Criminal Complaint, the Government is represented by Assistant U.S.
Richardson, of the U.S. Attorney's Criminal Division in Camden.
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