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Newark Men Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Heroin with Newark’s ‘Famous Boyz’ Street Gang

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Two members of the Newark street gang known as the “Famous Boyz” were sentenced to prison for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.  

Officials said Malik Minor, aka “YK,” 23, of Newark, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison and five years of supervised release; Javon Holmes, aka “J-Dot,” 21, of Newark, was sentenced March 22, 2021, to 108 months in prison and four years of supervised release.

Federal officials ask said Minor  previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, and 100 grams or more of heroin.

Holmes previously pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, and 100 grams or more of heroin, and possessing with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. Judge Arleo imposed both sentences by videoconference.       

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The Famous Boyz are a subset of the Brick City Brim set of the Bloods street gang, which dealt significant quantities of heroin and crack cocaine, primarily in and around the area of South 18th Street and 15th Avenue, in Newark.

The gang often referred to this area as the “8 Block,” “18th,” or simply by reference to the number “8.”

In October 2018, Minor, Holmes, and 15 other members of a violent drug trafficking conspiracy operating in Newark were charged by complaint with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and/or heroin following a lengthy wiretap investigation.

Shaka McKinney and Jahid Vauters, aka “K,” aka “KO,” also were charged with firearms possession offenses. To date, 15 of the defendants have pleaded guilty to drug and firearm charges and three await sentencing. 

On Feb. 25, 2019, a grand jury returned an indictment charging three of the defendants, Patricio Hernandez, Jonathan Hernandez, and Jonathan Garcia, aka “Bebo” with one count each of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine for their alleged participation in supplying the “Famous Boyz” with cocaine.

On Sept. 30, 2019, a grand jury returned a 21-count superseding indictment against Patricio Hernandez, Jonathan Hernandez, Garcia, Holmes, and John Mosley, aka “Breezy,” aka “Brazy.”

The charges in the superseding indictment remain pending against Patricio Hernandez and Mosley.