Nobody would accuse your standard gang member of being a Rhodes Scholar, but sometimes their actions would make one think otherwise. A group of gang members from New Jersey have been accused of allegedly selling guns via Twitter, and some of the weapons were being sold by teens to other teens for planned violent crimes.
NJ Advance Media reported on the case over the weekend, this after the indictment of 19-yea-old Bomani Duncan of Bloomfield on charges by an Essex County grand jury of using Twitter to sell his guns and plan a series of violent, gang-related crimes. Two other men were indicted on similar charges according to statements delivered by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
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Bomani Duncan now stands accused of 22 counts of robbery, gun trafficking and multiple other charges, said Essex County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Katherine Carter.
Two other men—Taquan Williams, 19, and Yasin Shabazz, 18—both of East Orange, were indicted on related charges, Carter said.
Authorities allege that starting on Feb. 18, Duncan conspired with others to illegally sell guns in furtherance of a G-Shine set of the Bloods Street Gang dispute with a rival group.
Details of the current dispute were not made available, but authorities in East Orange have said feuds between local street gangs date back decades. A summer flare-up between rival Bloods sets led to multiple shootings and one thwarted gang killing, East Orange police confirmed in August.
Williams and Shabazz both face charges related to dealing with Duncan according to a New York Daily News report. Shabazz attempted to buy one of the guns from Duncan. Williams faces robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery charges.
Photo: Essex County Dept. of Corrections
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