NEWARK, N.J. – An East Orange man appeared in court today on charges of distribution of phencyclidine and marijuana, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug distribution crime, and the use of a minor to distribute drugs, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Authorities say Mr. Tyree Thomas, a/k/a “Hellboy,” 26, is charged by complaint with seven counts of distribution of phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP; one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and phencyclidine; one count of possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine; one count of using a minor to distribute drugs; and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
He appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court and was detained without bail.
According to documents filed in this case:
Thomas is allegedly the leader of the East Orange set of the Bloods street gang known as the “Sheedside Pirus,” and a high-ranking member of a separate East Orange Bloods set known as the MOB Pirus, both of which primarily operate out of East Orange, Orange and Newark.
An investigation conducted over the course of several months by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) included multiple purchases of PCP and marijuana from Thomas by an undercover ATF agent between April and July of 2019.
The counts of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and PCP are punishable by a maximum of 40 years in prison. The count of employing a juvenile in a drug distribution scheme is punishable by a maximum of 80 years in prison. The count of distribution of PCP is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison. The count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime is punishable by five years in prison, to be served consecutively to any other sentence.