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‘Leader’ of violent New Jersey drug ring indicted in 2 murders

July 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
‘Leader’ of violent New Jersey drug ring indicted in 2 murders

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A 31-year-old man from Jersey City is among seven individuals who have been charged in a violent, multi-county drug ring.

Golden Williamson is the purported leader of a drug ring in Hudson, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. He has also been charged with two killings, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced in a statement.

In a 79-count indictment issued by a grand jury on July 12th, Williamson was identified as the suspect wanted for murdering Byungeun Lee inside his store in December 2015.

Golden Williamson, 31, of Jersey City, is accused of leading a narcotics trafficking network and two counts of murder

Roughly one month later, Williamson along with 26-year-old Eric Dawson reportedly gunned down Kevin Miles, 32. The victim, who had survived an almost fatal motorcycle crash, was shot and killed as he sat in his vehicle in January 2016.

The grand jury also handed up an indictment against 28-year-old James Staggers and Williamson for a November 2015 shooting that left the victim paralyzed from the chest down.

Williamson is also facing multiple attempted murder charges from shootouts in Jersey City and Toms River, AL.com reported.

The probe also resulted in the arrests of Robert Dawson, 26, Darrell Winfree, 34, Adrian Rodino, 41, and Shannon Walter, 25. All have been charged with drug and conspiracy crimes as part of the drug trafficking group.

Eric Dawson faces murder charges and conspiracy to commit murder

Suarez — who recognized the Hudson, Ocean, and Monmouth prosecutor’s offices and multiple police departments for carrying out the arrests — said the heads of the network frightened witnesses, residents, and business owners with the “vicious attacks.”

“I am proud of the collaborative effort by law enforcement who engaged in the lengthy, detailed and methodical investigation which led to this indictment,” she added.

As part of a statement, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato referred to the arrests one of the “most significant criminal cases of (his) tenure.”

“The cooperation and investigative excellence demonstrated by members of the Hudson and Ocean County Prosecutor Offices has resulted in a clear picture of the danger this defendant and his associates presented to citizens,” he added.

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