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Federal agents indict long-time leader of vilolent Crips street gang in New Jersey

February 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal agents indict long-time leader of vilolent Crips street gang in New Jersey Corey Hamlet, left, (Blaze) and Keon Bethea (Fat boy) were charged today by the U.S. Attorney's office. (Essex County Correctional Facility)

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Federal agents have arrested the long-time leader of one of New Jersey’s most violent street gangs, who is allegedly responsible for the systematic murders of people thought to have cooperated with law enforcement investigations.

Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment on Thursday against 39-year-old Corey Hamlet and three other men on charges of racketeering, drug trafficking, extortion, and robbery.

Hamlet, who is the reputed chief of the Grape Street Crips based in New Jersey. is alleged to have maintained leadership while serving jail terms in state and federal prison.

The charges stem from a long-running joint investigation by the FBI and DEA that also resulted in the 2015 indictments of 50 alleged Grape street gang members on charges of drug trafficking, witness intimidation, numerous assaults and even plotted to kill an undercover federal agent.

FBI investigators accused the gang leader of several executions, which included brazen daytime shootings and attempted murders.

Among the killings involved a 2014 hit allegedly ordered by Hamlet that led to a high-speed car chase through the streets of Newark that resulted in the shooting deaths of a passenger in one of the vehicles and innocent bystander.

Hamlet, who is a resident of Belville, New Jersey, faces life in prison for charges listed in the 28 count indictment including, RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and using firearms during crimes of violence

He also faces an additional jail term of three years to a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison for other individual charges.

Appearing in court wearing a red jumpsuit, Hamlet turned and smiled at supporters, at one point started crying.

Prosecutors also charged Keon Bethea, 33, and Jamil Harrison, 32, of Newark, with one count of distributing cocaine, face a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $5 million if convicted.

Harrison, who is a felon criminal record, faces additional penalties as well.
A fourth suspect, Sean L. Scott, 45, was charged with one count of distributing heroin, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and a maximum fine of $1 million if convicted.

Scott could face stiffer sentencing because of his prior criminal convictions.

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