TRENTON >> The New Jersey State Police have arrested 25 suspects of an alleged drug trafficking ring run out of Trenton and seized guns, drugs, and cash as result of a cooperative investigation dubbed, “Operation Maple Empire.”

As a result of a 10-month investigation led by the New Jersey State Police Gangs and Organized Crime Central Unit, detectives were able to identify 25 individuals operating a drug trafficking ring in the area of Maple Avenue in Trenton.

On Monday, May 15, and Tuesday, May 16, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Gangs and Organized Crime Central Unit, Trenton Police Department, FBI, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, ATF, U.S. Marshal’s NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, Ewing Police Department, Hamilton Police Department, and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at various locations in Trenton. As a result, detectives arrested 25 people and seized three handguns, $264,000 worth of heroin, $52,000 worth of cocaine, $1,700 worth of ecstasy, $1,900 worth of marijuana, $13,676 cash, drug packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia.

“We allege that Shawn Davis was a major heroin supplier who, along with Tracy Edwards and the others arrested in this operation, conspired to distribute heroin throughout the City of Trenton,” Attorney General Porrino said in a statement. “Not only did this drug ring fuel the terrible scourge of opiate addiction destroying lives and families throughout New Jersey, they supplied the street-level drug dealing that is behind most of the gun violence in Trenton.”

Trenton is known for its cheap heroin, which sells on the street for $4 a packet.

“The takedown of this violent group is critical to the safety of the citizens of Trenton, and it helps to curb the flow of heroin and guns into the city and surrounding area,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “This operation was successful because of the cooperation and positive working relationship we have with our federal, county, and local partners.”

State police have conducted operations in Trenton since violence reached historic levels in 2014.

“Operations like this send a strong message that law enforcement stands with the people of Trenton, who want their city to be a safe place to live, work, and raise children, not an open-air drug market,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will aggressively prosecute these defendants.”

The following were arrested:

• Shawn T. Davis, 41, of Hamilton Township

Leader of a narcotics trafficking network, 1st degree

Promoting organized street crime, 1st degree

Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 1st degree

Unlawful possession of a handgun, 1st degree

Possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, 2nd degree

Certain persons not to possess weapons, 2nd degree

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 3rd degree

Financial facilitation of criminal activity, 3rd degree

• Tracy Edwards, 24, of Trenton

Distribution of heroin, 1st degree

Distribution of cocaine, 2nd degree

Distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, 3rd degree

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 3rd degree

Financial facilitation of criminal activity, 3rd degree

Unlawful possession of a handgun, 2nd degree

Possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, 2nd degree

Manufacture, transport, disposition and defacement of weapons, 4th degree

• Jerome Person, 38, of Trenton

Distribution of cocaine, 3rd degree

Distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, 3rd degree

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 3rd degree

• Ricardo Cruz, 43, of Trenton

Distribution of cocaine, 3rd degree

Distribution of heroin, 3rd degree

Distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, 3rd degree

Distribution within 500 feet of a public park, 2nd degree

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 3rd degree

• Taibika Dawson, 42, of Trenton

Fortified structure

Possession with intent to distribute

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance

Possession of paraphernalia

• Angelica Mendez, 26, of Trenton

Fortified structure

Possession with intent to distribute

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance

Possession of paraphernalia

• Aramis J. Wright, 44, of Trenton

Possession of marijuana under 50 grams

Possession of paraphernalia

• Victoria Loftin, 28, of Trenton

Possession of marijuana under 50 grams

Possession of paraphernalia

• Julisa Burton, 26, of Trenton

Possession of marijuana under 50 grams

Possession of paraphernalia

• Prince O. Jones Jr., 44, of Trenton

Fortified structure

Possession with intent to distribute

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance

Possession of paraphernalia

• Charlene Rodriguez, 27, of Trenton

Fortified structure

Possession with intent to distribute

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance

Possession of paraphernalia

• William Holzendorf, 47, of Trenton

Unlawful possession of a handgun, 1st degree

Possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, 2nd degree

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

Distribution of heroin, 3rd degree

Distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, 3rd degree

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 3rd degree

Manufacture, transport, disposition and defacement of weapons, 4th degree

• Donovan O. Vereen, 22, of Trenton

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

• Brequan J. Womack, 29, of Trenton

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

Distribution of heroin, 3rd degree

Distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, 3rd degree

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 3rd degree

• Willie A. Green III, 26, of Trenton

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

• Leon Ingram, 38, of Trenton

Possession with intent to distribute marijuana

Possession of marijuana

• Rush Marzah, 24, of Trenton

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

Distribution of heroin, 3rd degree

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 3rd degree

• Jaquan Bland, 26, Trenton

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

• Traitiana Edwards, 28, of Trenton

Distribution of heroin, 2nd degree

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 3rd degree

Possession of under 50g marijuana

Possession of prescription legend drugs

• Karl Davis, 31, of Levittown, Pa.

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, 2nd degree

• Tamica Freemen, 37, of Trenton

Possession with intent to distribute heroin

Possession of heroin

Money laundering

• Glen Moore, 47, of Whiting Township

Possession of heroin

• Christopher Ochs, 44, of Allentown Borough, NJ

Possession of heroin

• Robert Minelli, 59, of Ewing

Possession of heroin

• George Martz, 58, of Freehold

Possession of heroin

Robert Minelli, Glen Moore, Christopher Ochis, Aramis J. Wright, Leon Ingram, and Julsia Burton were released For Free without any accountability or supervision thanks to NJ Bail Reform.

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