Law enforcement officials in New Jersey yesterday gave the State Commission of Investigation a vivid picture of rampant gang activity in some parts of the state, the Trenton Times reports.
Lethal “supergangs” like the Bloods, Crips and Latin Kings are an increasing problem in New Jersey, as their mainly urban hubs migrate into suburbs, the commission was told. Groups from Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and Russia also have taken strongholds in the past decade.
“Nontraditional organized crime,” speakers called them. The traditional organized crime family — the Mafia or La Cosa Nostra — has been weakened, but it is still a viable, monitored threat.
New Jersey may have strong anti-gun laws, Paterson Police Chief Lawrence Spagnola said, but drug dealers and others don’t serve long enough prison sentences. “Nobody is immune,” said State Police Sgt. Keith Bevacqui, of the Street Gang Unit, who talked about the 10,000 gang members and 135 distinct gangs his unit has identified.