NEWARK, N.J. – Three members of a Jersey City street gang were charged today for their roles in a cocaine distribution organization, as well as for firearms violations, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced.
Rodney Broadway, aka “Banks,” 31; Parish George, aka “P Money,” 31; and Dejahn Ingram, aka “Fresh,” 32, all of Jersey City, New Jersey, are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. George and Ingram are charged with unlawful possession of firearms as convicted felons, and Broadway is charged with unlawful possession of ammunition as a convicted felon. Broadway and George are also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. All three defendants appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge André M. Espinosa in Newark federal court and were detained.
According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
The three defendants are associated with a neighborhood street gang that operates in and around the Salem Lafayette Apartments in Jersey City. At the time of their arrests on Jan.19, 2023, George and Ingram each possessed a loaded firearm. Search warrants executed at multiple residences associated with Broadway, George, and Ingram revealed a significant quantity of cocaine, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and other paraphernalia.
The defendants each face a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison and a maximum term of 40 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of HSI Newark, under the leadership of Special Agent in Charge Ricky J. Patel, and investigators the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Director James Shea, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Esther Suarez, special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Bryan Miller, special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy, for their assistance.
This investigation was conducted as part of the Jersey City Violent Crime Initiative (VCI). The VCI was formed in 2018 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Jersey City Police Department, for the sole purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Jersey City. As part of this partnership, federal, state, county, and city agencies collaborate to strategize and prioritize the prosecution of violent offenders who endanger the safety of the community. The VCI is composed of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the ATF, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, the U.S. Marshals, the Jersey City Police Department, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Parole, the Hudson County Jail, and the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center/Real Time Crime Center.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dong Joo Lee of the Office’s OCDETF/Narcotics Unit.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
originally published at HUMAN RIGHTS - USA DAILY NEWS 24