|TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a Camden man was sentenced to state prison today for supplying heroin to a drug network in Camden with ties to the Bloods street gang that was distributing large quantities of heroin, cocaine and PCP in Camden.
Donte R. Cook, 31, of Camden, was sentenced to eight years in state prison, including four years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Natal in Camden County. He pleaded guilty on March 18 to a charge of second-degree racketeering, admitting that he supplied heroin to the narcotics network. Deputy Attorney General Jill Mayer took the guilty plea and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau.
Cook and 13 other defendants, including the alleged leader of the drug network, Kyle Ogletree, 28, of Cherry Hill, a reputed five-star general in the G-Shine Bloods, were named in a Nov. 3, 2011 indictment charging them with first-degree racketeering and second-degree conspiracy. The indictment alleges the network operated multiple open-air drug markets in South Camden and controlled its turf through a well-defined chain of command headed by Ogletree.
The indictment resulted from Operation City Wide, an investigation led by the Division of Criminal Justice, with assistance from the Camden Police Department, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey Department of Corrections, Cherry Hill Police Department, Magnolia Police Department, Pennsauken Police Department, Philadelphia Police, New Jersey State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and National Guard.
Eight of the defendants named in the indictment have pleaded guilty and face state prison sentences, in addition to two defendants who pleaded guilty pre-indictment as a result of Operation City Wide. The charges remain pending against the other defendants in the indictment, including Kyle Ogletree, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The investigation was conducted for the Division of Criminal Justice by Detective Peppi Pichette and Detective Brian Woolston, who were the Case Detectives, and Sgt. Andrea Salvatini, Sgt. James Nelson, Lt. John Torrey, and Deputy Chief Al Buecker, who supervised the case. Deputy Attorney General Mayer is prosecuting the defendants for the Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau.