General Anne Milgram announced that a member
of the Nine Trey Headbusta street gang,
a violent set of the Bloods that dealt large
quantities of crack cocaine and heroin in
the Broadway Avenue business district of
Camden, has pleaded guilty to racketeering.
Ford, 21, of Camden, pleaded guilty yesterday
before Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Natal
in Camden County to first-degree racketeering.
The charge was contained in a July 8 state
grand jury indictment.
pleading guilty, Ford admitted that, in
his role as a member of Nine-Trey, he committed
acts of violence and, on more than two occasions,
between September 2007 and January 2008,
participated in the distribution of crack
cocaine. Ford admitted that he did these
for the benefit of the gang.
arrest, along with nine co-defendants, was
the result of a six-month joint investigation
conducted by the New Jersey Division of
Criminal Justice and the High-Intensity
Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Joint Camden
Task Force. The Nine Trey Headbusta set,
which has direct ties to Philadelphia, has
utilized violence and intimidation to protect
its turf in Camden, including Broadway Avenue
and Stevens and Benson Streets.
General Milgram credited State Investigator
Richard M. Carlin and Deputy Attorneys General
Jill S. Mayer and Christopher St. John for
coordinating the investigation. St. John
represented the Division of Criminal Justice
at the guilty plea hearing.
also credited members of the HIDTA Joint
Camden Task Force, the Camden County Prosecutor’s
Office, Camden City Police Department, Camden
County Sheriffs Department, New Jersey State
Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration,
Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals
Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Municipal Task Force Alliance, and the National
is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Natal
on Jan. 9, 2009. Pursuant to the plea agreement,
the state will recommend a sentence of 10-12
years in state prison.