TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a Camden man who is a reputed Bloods gang leader was indicted today on charges that he unlawfully sold a handgun. At the time of the alleged gun sale, he was free on bail in connection with a 2011 racketeering indictment that charged him as the alleged head of a major narcotics network in Camden.
Kyle Ogletree, 29, of Camden, a reputed five-star general in the G-Shine Bloods, and 13 other defendants were charged with first-degree racketeering in a Nov. 3, 2011 state grand jury indictment, which alleges that they operated a criminal enterprise to distribute large quantities of cocaine, heroin and PCP in South Camden. The indictment resulted from Operation City Wide, a nine-month investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice, Camden Police Department, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Department of Corrections, Cherry Hill Police, Magnolia Police, Pennsauken Police, Philadelphia Police, New Jersey State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and National Guard.
The new indictment returned today by a Camden County grand jury alleges that on Aug. 22, Ogletree sold a Kel-Tec 9mm semi-automatic handgun to another individual in Camden. It is alleged that the sale included a loaded 10-round clip. The indictment resulted from an investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the FBI South Jersey Violent Offender Gang Task Force. At the time, Ogletree was free after posting $800,000 bail in connection with the 2011 racketeering indictment. Ogletree was re-arrested on Monday night (Dec. 17). The state will ask for Ogletree’s original bail to be forfeited and/or increased in light of the new charges.
“We charge that this defendant, who was already indicted as the alleged head of a major narcotics network in Camden, went straight back to his criminal ways once released on bail, unlawfully selling a semi-automatic handgun,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “We will be seeking an order from the court that he forfeit the original bail and that his bail be substantially increased.”
“These new charges, which carry mandatory periods of parole ineligibility, will help us keep this defendant behind bars for a long time,” said Director Stephen J. Taylor of the Division of Criminal Justice.
Supervising Deputy Attorney General Jill Mayer presented the new indictment to the county grand jury for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. The indictment charges Ogletree with unlawful possession of a handgun (2nd degree), possession of a handgun as a convicted felon (2nd degree), and unlawful disposition of a firearm (4th degree).
The second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison, including mandatory terms of parole ineligibility of five years on the charge of possession of a handgun as a convicted felon, and one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed on the charge of unlawful possession of a handgun.
The first-degree racketeering charge that is pending against Ogletree carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years in state prison, including a period of parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act equal to 85 percent of the sentence imposed. He also faces first-degree charges of distribution of cocaine and distribution of PCP. The racketeering indictment alleges that the drug ring operated multiple open-air drug markets in South Camden, controlling its turf through a chain of command headed by Ogletree. The indictments are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.