NEWARK, N.J. – A crack-cocaine wholesaler for the New Jersey set of the Grape Street Crips was sentenced today to 132 months in prison for his involvement in racketeering and drug trafficking conspiracies operating in Newark, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.
James S. Gutierrez, a/k/a “Bad News,” 26, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to Count 1 and Count 18 of a sixth superseding indictment charging him with racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute crack-cocaine. Judge Arleo imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
The New Jersey Grape Street Crips controlled drug trafficking and other criminal activities in various areas of Newark. Gutierrez and other members of the gang accepted orders for, and distributed, thousands of clips of crack-cocaine to other distributors, including other gang members.
To protect their gang and drug territory, the New Jersey Grape Street Crips operating in the area of 6th Avenue and North 5th Street in Newark used “community guns” that were easily accessible to gang members. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement agents seized numerous firearms, including a .410 caliber assault rifle, a.45 caliber Thompson semi-automatic carbine, a 7.62 caliber assault rifle, and numerous semi-automatic handguns.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Arleo sentenced Gutierrez to five years of supervised release.