An Atlantic City man admitted to engaging in a conspiracy to distribute heroin with members of the “Dirty Block” criminal street gang. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced that the gang allegedly used threats, intimidation and violence to maintain control of the illegal drug trade in Atlantic City. Tyrone Ellis, a/k/a “Rome,” 33, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne Thompson in Trenton federal court to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and one count of possessing a firearm and ammunition while being a previously convicted felon. The drug conspiracy carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, and a maximum potential fine of $5 million. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2016.