More than two dozen alleged members of a violent Atlantic City drug gang have been arrested following an 8-month investigation targeting the "800 Blok" drug organization.
Members of the Atlantic City Violent Crime Task Force spread out across the resort town early this morning and arrested 18 men. Authorities had previously arrested six additional suspects, said Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.
"They call themselves the 800 Blok gang, but they don't confine their drug dealing and violence to one block or even one section of Atlantic City," said Chiesa in a statement. "Instead, they are the driving force behind a majority of the gang-related shootings and homicides plagueing the city, along with the rival Dirty Blok gang."
The "800 Blok" organization allegedly used gun violence and threats of violence to control its turf and settle scores with rivals, said Chiesa. The organization was named after the 800 block of Maryland Ave. where they were based, an area that authorities said was "very protected and difficult to infiltrate."
The organization would stop at nothing to carry out its business, said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
"High-ranking members of this gang would not hesitate to murder anyone who stood in their way," Fuentes said.
Chiesa said the investigation foiled at least one murder plot. Shawn Pettis, 28, who allegedly dealt large volumes of cocaine and heroin, was arrested after buying a stolen .380-calibre hand gun for killing that was supposed to happen at an Atlantic City hotel. Pettis is being held on $750,000 bail at the Atlantic City jail. The task force also arrested Razzaq Shannon, 21, who is being held on $1 million bail in connection with a July 8 slaying.
Following is a list of all those arrested in "Operation Blok Buster."
Shawn Pettis, 28, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Weapons Offenses, Distribution of Cocaine/Heroin, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine/Heroin
Robert Creek, 33, Distribution of Heroin
Asmar Coley, 34, Distribution of Cocaine
Vanuel Gray, 35, Distribution of Heroin
Shahied Page, 36, of Pleasantville, Distribution of Heroin
Isiah Pettis, 21, Distribution of Cocaine/ Heroin, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine/Heroin
Rashad Stephens, 22, Distribution of Heroin
Shawn Williams, 30, Distribution of Cocaine
Aarod Moore, 21, Distribution of Cocaine
Derrick Deans, 53, Distribution of Prescription Pain Pills/Conspiracy to Distribute Pain Pills
Leon Henry, 25, Distribution of Heroin, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin
Samuel Dunmore, 27, Distribution of Cocaine
Keith Cundiff, 28, Distribution of Heroin
Eric Teasley, 21, Distribution of Heroin
Lawrence Rooks, 25, Distribution of Cocaine
Derick Johnson, 45, Distribution of Heroin
Robert Davis, 44, Distribution of Heroin
Julius Bing, 33, Distribution of Heroin
Javar Bing, 31, Distribution of Heroin
Keith Jackson, 36, Distribution of Heroin
"Marcus" [Full Name Unknown], Distribution of Cocaine
"K" [Full Name Unknown], Distribution of Cocaine
Razzaq Shannon, 21, Murder
Rasan McGee, 22, Distribution of Heroin
Mark Robinson, 18, Distribution of Heroin
Dominec Robinson, 23, Distribution of Heroin
Marshall Coley, 24, Distribution of Heroin
Kareem Rex, 18, Obstruction of Justice