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Member of notorious Southside Cartel Bloods gang in Newark pleads guilty in federal racketeering enterprise case

September 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Member of notorious Southside Cartel Bloods gang in Newark pleads guilty in federal racketeering enterprise case

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A member violent subset of the Bloods gang based in Newark, New Jersey has pled guilty for his role in a long-running racketeering enterprise in federal court, Justice Department officials said on Monday.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey, along with Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, announced the guilty plea entered by 35-year-old Malik Lowery, aka Leek, before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas.

Lowery entered his guilty plea as part of a second superseding indictment, charging him with multiple counts of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, robbery affecting interstate commerce, carjacking, possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, along with conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Southside Cartel member Malik Lowery pleaded guilty for his role in a gang-related racketeering conspiracy in federal court on Monday.

Southside Cartel member Malik Lowery pleaded guilty for his role in the  gang-related racketeering conspiracy in federal court on Monday.

The criminal case against Lowery and his co-conspirators was the result of a wide-ranging FBI-led joint investigation, which included the Newark Police Department and Essex County Prosecutor’s Office into the Newark-based Southside Cartel, a sect of the Bloods gang.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials at one time recognized the South Side Cartel as one of, if not the most violent street gang ever to operate out of Newark, responsible for a reign of terror that lasted for almost a decade.

As part of his plea deal, Lowery admitted to his role in the racketeering enterprise, and he was responsible for a litany of violent crimes, among which included the October 2007 slaying of a South Side Cartel member. He also confessed to a January 2003 carjacking with fellow Blood gang members and a February 2008 armed robbery.

Prosecutors say the group committed numerous murders, countless shootings, armed robberies and other acts of violence in furtherance of the criminal racketeering enterprise.

The Bloods gang sect operated primarily from two apartment buildings located on Hawthorne Avenue in Newark, nicknamed the “Twin Towers.”

According to the indictment, from 2002 to 2010, local authorities conducted numerous drug and gun-related raids targeting the gang at the apartment complexes.

Murderous Southside Cartel leader is set to go on trial in Sept. 2017 for several gang-related slayings

Murderous Southside Cartel leader is set to go on trial in Sept. 2017 for several gang-related slayings

The gang’s top leader, Farad Roland, aka B.U., who officials have identified as one of the most violent gang offenders, will stand trial for six murders in September 2017 for the slaying of a fellow a Southside cartel member so he could not implicate him in a homicide he had committed days earlier.

Officials said most of the South Side Cartel members display tattoo markings of the group’s initials, with a depiction of the buildings.

Fishman said the South Side Cartel at its peak consisted of approximately 20 members or associates, most of whom either remains incarcerated for gang-related crimes or were the victims of gang-related homicides.

Additional members of the Southside Cartel, including Mark Williams, aka B.G., pleaded guilty to racketeering charges on August 10th.

Roland, Lowery, and Williams represent the last remnants of the gang’s active members.

The judge scheduled Lowery’s sentencing date for Dec. 6, 2016.

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