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Law Enforcement Uses Drug Charges to Break Up Gangs

Police in New Jersey and other states often use drug charges to break up gangs. A recent case illustrates this; a member of a Plainfield gang, the G-Shine Bloods, was recently sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of crack cocaine distribution. His sentence also includes fie year of post-release supervision.

Marcus Williams was convicted on June 22 after selling crack cocaine to a confidential federal informant. The transaction occurred in a residential apartment in Plainfield. He was arrested in January of 2011 and released on bail in February. However, he violated his pre-trial release by removing the electronic monitoring bracelet and leaving the supervision of his third-party monitor. He was arrested again in May and remanded into federal custody. Sentencing took place in

Other G-Shine Bloods members were also sentenced recently after pleading guilty to drug charges. In November, the alleged G-Shine leader, Haleem McCoy, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of crack cocaine in federal court. Andre Kelly was also sentenced in November to 30 months in prison; and Mustafa Harris Was sentenced to 84 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of crack cocaine distribution.

The G-Shine Bloods is also known as the Gangster Killer Bloods.

Source: njtoday, "Plainfield Gang Member Sentenced To Prison On Drug Charge", Dec. 21, 2011.

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