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Aug 22, 2019

Twenty Charged in Monmouth County Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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Twenty people have been charged for their roles as members, associates, and suppliers of a drug-trafficking conspiracy that distributed cocaine and crack cocaine in the Monmouth County, New Jersey, area, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Nineteen defendants were arrested today and one remains at large. They are charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine or 280 grams or more of crack cocaine. The defendants arrested today are scheduled to have their initial appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman in Trenton federal court.

Between April 2019 and August 2019, the defendants and others engaged in a narcotics conspiracy that operated primarily in municipalities throughout Monmouth County – including Cliffwood, Keansburg, Matawan, Keyport, Red Bank, Long Branch, Neptune, and Asbury Park, as well as Brick Township in Ocean County – and which sought to profit from the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine. Through the interception of telephone calls and text messages pursuant to court-authorized wiretap orders, and other investigative techniques, law enforcement officials learned that defendant Damion Helmes obtained regular supplies of cocaine from defendants Derrick Hayes and Dequan Copeland. Helmes then distributed that cocaine, portions of which he converted into crack cocaine, for profit, to other distributors, sub-dealers, and end users throughout Monmouth County. During the wiretap portion of the investigation, law enforcement intercepted numerous communications by and between the conspirators regarding such issues as cocaine quality and availability, pricing, packaging, quantity, and customer satisfaction.

NAME RESIDENCE AGE CHARGE SENTENCE EXPOSURE
Damion Helmes Cliffwood, NJ 39 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40 years

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of Life

Derrick Hayes Neptune, NJ 37 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40 years
Dequan Copeland Red Bank, NJ 40 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40 years
Dawn Stephens Keansburg, NJ 38 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40 years

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Shantay Walker Howell, NJ 42 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40 years

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

 

*Keith Logan Long Branch, NJ 38 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40 years

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Shamar Dudley Long Branch, NJ 42 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40 years

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Cassius Williams Keyport, NJ 26 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40
Tonya Underwood Matawan, NJ 46 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Michelle Torrez Matawan, NJ 44 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Elizabeth Conover Laurence Harbor, NJ 28 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Curtis Jenkins Keyport, NJ 36 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Ralph Lee Keyport, NJ 40 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Jermaine Hicks Wall, NJ 39 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40
Skyler Rogers Cliffwood, NJ 35 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Terry Haupt Neptune, NJ 35 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40
Amad Jones Long Branch, NJ 37 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40
Eric Yarbrough Keansburg, NJ 28 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40

 

 

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Rondell Hill Lakewood, NJ 35 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine

 

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40

 

 

 

Minimum of 10 years, maximum of life

Malcolm Gatson Cliffwood, NJ 43 Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine Minimum of 5 years, maximum of 40