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Essex County Gang Member Admits to Racketeering, Firearms Possession

Essex County

By: Yuritza Arroyo

Federal authorities announced that a member of a New Jersey street gang admitted his role in a racketeering conspiracy and possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.

According to federal officials, Rahjon Cox, aka “Tsu Surf,” 32, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference on April 27 to two counts of a superseding indictment charging him with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy and possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Officials say from 2015 through Sept. 22, 2022, Cox was a member of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips, a criminal enterprise responsible for acts of violence and the distribution of controlled substances in New Jersey and elsewhere.

“ Cox held a leadership role within the enterprise. On March 18, 2017, Cox shot a firearm at a gang rival.

On July 24, 2019, in Essex County, Cox, a convicted felon, knowingly possessed two loaded firearms.

Authorities in authorities, the racketeering conspiracy count is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; the charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Both counts are also punishable by a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12.