STATE CRACKS DOWN ON BLOODS STREET GANG

Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. today announced that 14 Trenton residents have been charged with first-degree racketeering as alleged members of the Gangster Killer Bloods set of the Bloods street gang. The indictment charges the alleged area leader of the gang, Bernard Green, with three murders, including the August 2005 murder of Sharee Voorhees, who was caught in gunfire while out on her porch.

The state grand jury indictment stems from “Operation Capital City,” an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Trenton Police Department and State Police.  It was returned July 14 but sealed until today. The investigation stems from a prior investigation of the same name.  The investigation moved in a new direction under the guidance of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Violent Enterprise Source Targeting (VEST) initiative, in which all levels of law enforcement pursue joint strategies to dismantle criminal organizations. The Division of Criminal Justice and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office will jointly prosecute the defendants.

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