Published on April 11th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Camden drug trafficking investigation nets 7 arrests
Seven people were arrested Tuesday morning for their alleged involvement with an illegal drug trafficking operation in Camden, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Agents of the FBI, New Jersey State Police and detectives and investigators of the Camden Police Department and Camden County Prosecutor’s Office collaborated on the operation.
The arrests deal a significant blow to a drug trafficking organization (DTO) allegedly headed by Carl Wiles, aka “Call Call,” 23, of Camden, which operated in the area of Eighth and Tulip streets in the Morgan Village section of Camden, authorities said.
Charged in addition to Wiles were Keith Jackson, 30, of Camden; Fuquan Pulliam, 23, of Pennsauken; Khalil Mims, 22, of Camden; Justin Gould, 24, of Camden; Marqueis Thomas-Randall, 21, Camden; William Gideon, 19, Camden; Elquinzie Lewis, 21, of Camden.
This DTO allegedly sold heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine to customers who arrived on foot and by car and who called ahead for service. The arrests of seven of the eight people charged Tuesday include all levels of the DTO, from Wiles himself to one of his primary suppliers to lower-level managers and workers.
Drugs, weapons, ammunition and cash were seized during the arrests, including seven firearms recovered at the residence where Wiles was arrested.
The defendants made their initial court appearances Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider in Camden federal court.
“The defendants in this case operated a well-organized, open-air drug market 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for at least a year,” Fishman said. “This prosecution confirms that all of us in law enforcement remain fully committed to improving the quality of life for the people who live in this neighborhood.”
Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said, “These arrests are another example of the cooperative effort among all the law enforcement agencies operating in the city of Camden. Every success in this city stems from these kinds of cooperative efforts.”
“This violent gang has flagrantly terrorized our already challenged city for far too long,” said Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson. “Let today’s arrest send a very loud and very clear message to criminals that law enforcement at every level will aggressively target and remove them from the streets with our dynamic C4 (Camden County Crime Commission) initiative.”
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, the organization controlled an area that includes the area of Eighth and Tulip streets, a retail shopping plaza in the 700 block of Morgan Boulevard and areas within the Crestbury Apartments public housing project, located in the 2500 block of South Eighth Street.
An investigation using surveillance, confidential informants, controlled drug purchases, record checks and telephone wiretaps revealed that the organization acquired and distributed heroin, crack and powder cocaine; maintained various stash houses; and rented cars to conduct drug-related business.
Source: nj.com “Camden drug trafficking investigation nets 7 arrests,” April 11, 2013