Member of ‘Dirty Block’ Atlantic City, New Jersey Gang Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Drug Conspiracy and Weapons Charges
CAMDEN, NJ—An Atlantic City, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 241 months in prison for his role in a criminal street gang that used threats, intimidation and violence to maintain control of the illegal drug trade in Atlantic City, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Kareem Bailey, 21 was previously convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, brandishing and discharging firearms in furtherance of the conspiracy and using a cellular telephone in furtherance of the conspiracy. Bailey, Terry Davis, 26, Lamar Macon, 26, and Dominique Venable, 25, all of Atlantic City, were each convicted following a six-week trial before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas, who imposed Bailey’s sentence today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and the evidence presented at trial:
The four men were members of a gang known as “Dirty Block,” a/k/a “Crime Fam,” “188.8.131.52,” or “3.6,” which operated in a geographic area of Atlantic City that includes the public housing apartment complexes of Stanley Holmes Village and Schoolhouse Apartments.
The defendants participated in a violent street-level drug trafficking organization that controlled heroin sales through the possession of firearms and the use of gun violence, including at least one homicide and several non-fatal, drug-related shootings.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Irenas ordered Bailey to serve 10 years of supervised release. Davis, Macon, and Venable still await sentencing.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Newark Division, Atlantic City Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel; the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor James P. McClain; the Atlantic City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Henry White; and the South Jersey Safe Streets Violent Incident and Gang (Safe Streets) Task Force, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.
He also thanked the N.J. State Police; the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Northfield Police Department; the Vineland Police Department; the Brigantine Police Department; the Millville Police Department; the Mullica Township Police Department; the South Jersey Transportation Authority; and the U.S. Secret Service for their contributions.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Askin and Justin Danilewitz of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmund Burgos of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Defense Counsel: John Holliday Esq., Hamilton, New Jersey