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27 alleged Red Breed Gorillas gang members indicted in Newark heroin network

June 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
27 alleged Red Breed Gorillas gang members indicted in Newark heroin network

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A 10-month probe resulted in the arrests of 27 purported members of the Red Breed Gorillas street gang in Newark accused of dealing heroin in the city.

A grand jury issued indictments for each of the Red Breed Gorillas gang members. The group is affiliated with the Bloods and authorities indicated that they managed a “territory” in Newark where they prohibited others from selling drugs, NJ.com reported.

“Gangs and street drug dealing are the catalysts for most of the gun violence in Newark, and these members allegedly ran their enterprise in the heart of a residential neighborhood where families and children were at risk,” Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced in a statement.

Prosecutors said Kevin Clayton, Ramon Finklea, and Lyonel Finklea are 5-star Generals within the gang’s leadership structure

“This operation is an example of law enforcement agencies cooperating to enhance public safety by crippling a small army of gang members in Newark,” he added.

Fifteen of the 27 are facing charges that carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years behind bars and a penalty of up to $200,000 if convicted. All 27 face are facing second-degree conspiracy charges and various drug charges.

Kevin Clayton, Ramon Finklea, and Lyonel Finklea are all accused of working as “5-Star Generals” in the Red Breed Gorillas and were charged with first-degree gang criminality.

Clayton was also charged with possessing a handgun as a felon and unlawful possession of a handgun after authorities discovered a .357-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his house. That carries a mandatory minimum of parole ineligibility of five years.

Fifteen others were charged with first-degree gang criminality.

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