Two Men Admit Roles in Drug Trafficking Organization
NEWARK, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division Susan A. Gibson and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Rachael A. Honig announced two Newark men have admitted their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy based in Newark.
Rahim Jackson pleaded guilty by videoconference today before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Arthur Hardy pleaded guilty on Dec. 9, 2021, before Judge Martinotti in Newark federal court, to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of heroin.
The G-Shine set of the Bloods street gang operate at the Broadway Townhomes in Newark, in a residential neighborhood a short distance from two elementary schools and a high school. The organization’s leaders obtained their supply of narcotics, including heroin and fentanyl, from Jackson and Hardy, who delivered the narcotics either personally or through drug runners. The investigation revealed that, on numerous occasions, large narcotics deliveries took place in or around the Rotunda Recreation and Wellness Center on Clifton Avenue, where Jackson was employed and where Hardy was the director. These individuals also used the Rotunda Recreation and Wellness Center to stash narcotics and narcotics proceeds.
The count to which Jackson pleaded guilty is punishable by a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. The counts to which Hardy pleaded guilty are punishable by a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison. Jackson’s sentencing is scheduled for April 18, 2022, and Hardy’s sentencing is scheduled for April 14, 2022.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson in Newark; members of the Newark Department of Public Safety, under the direction of Director Brian O’Hara; and the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to the guilty pleas.
She also thanked the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, the Rockaway Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Martin McParland, and special agents from the ATF, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews in Newark.