Newark weapon trafficking leader sentenced to 18 years with 9 years of parole ineligibility

Louis Boggs, the leader of a major weapons trafficking ring in Newark was sentenced today to 18 years in state prison as announced by Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. The 32 year old Newark native plead guilty to a first-degree weapons charge as a result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Weapons Trafficking North Unit and the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(pictured: Louis Boggs left, Joseph Maisonet right)

Boggs sentence also includes nine years of parole ineligibility. On Aug. 19, 2015 he plead guilty to first-degree possession of a gun and second-degree conspiracy to illegally possess and distribute firearms. Because of a prior conviction for robbery, Boggs was subject to first-degree gun possession charges which falls under the No Early Release Act.

Co-defendant, Joseph Maisonet, 27, of Newark, was also sentenced today by Judge Leath after pleading guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon which landed him seven years in state prison, including 42 months of parole ineligibility.

On Dec. 3, 2013, The State Police executed search warrants at the two residences Boggs and his 17 alleged associates used as bases of operation. Here, where they planned their crimes, met prior to gun sales and conducted some sales. The residences were located in the first block of 3rd Avenue and in the 700 block of South 15th Street. After the search, most of the defendants were arrested on that day or soon after.

From August to December 2013, State Police detectives orchestrated 22 controlled purchases of guns from ring members where they allegedly sold 11 illegal assault weapons which include; eight equipped with illegal large-capacity magazines, a rifle and 12 handguns, some loaded with illegal hollow-point bullets. Out of the 12 handguns, 2 of them were reported stolen and a third was reported to have a defaced serial number and has been linked by ballistic testing to a murder in Newark.

The detectives also seized a revolver in Boggs’ home and numerous bullets. He was indicted on Feb. 5, 2015.

“Boggs’ sentence of 18 years in state prison sends a very powerful message to black-market gun dealers…These types of illegal assault weapons in the hands of criminals can only bring misery and sorrow to our communities. I commend the State Police detectives and partnering agencies for an outstanding investigation and for preventing these deadly weapons from reaching our streets.” as stated by Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

The following 10 co-defendants of Boggs previously pleaded guilty in plea deals calling for five years or more in state prison:

  1. Tyheed Brison, 36, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and faces a recommended sentence of five years in prison, including 42 months of parole ineligibility. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17.
  2. Raheem Brison, 24, of Newark, pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and faces a recommended sentence of five years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17.
  3. Marquise Clyburn, 24, of Newark, pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was sentenced on Feb. 8, 2016 to five years in prison.
  4. Reginald Dawsey, 27, of Newark, pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was sentenced on Feb. 8, 2016 to five years in prison, including 42 months of parole ineligibility.
  5. Alejandro Fawcette, 35, of Newark, pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was sentenced on Oct. 20, 2015 to five years in prison, including 42 months of parole ineligibility.
  6. Rujohn Hutchins, 26, of Irvington, pleaded guilty to second-degree possession of a weapon as a convicted felon. He was sentenced on Jan. 24, 2017 to five years in prison without possibility of parole.
  7. McKenny Dixon, 48, of Newark, pleaded guilty to second-degree possession of a weapon as a convicted felon. He was sentenced on Oct. 2, 2015 to 10 years in prison, including five years of parole ineligibility.
  8. Antwon Graham, 33, of Newark, pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was sentenced on May 16, 2016 to five years in prison.
  9. Nathan Nieves, 26, of Newark, pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy. He was sentenced on April 29, 2016 to five years in prison.
  10. Justin Caban, 26, of Saylorsburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was sentenced on April 29, 2016 to five years in prison.

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