JAMAR TRAYLOR, also referred to as “J-Hop,” 23, of Bridgeport, was sentenced at present by U.S. District Decide Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 168 months of imprisonment, adopted by three years of supervised launch, for offenses associated to his participation in a violent Bridgeport road gang.
Right this moment’s announcement was made by Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Legal professional for the District of Connecticut; Joseph T. Corradino, State’s Legal professional for the Fairfield Judicial District; Bridgeport Police Chief Roderick Porter; Jean Pierre Njock, Appearing Particular Agent in Cost of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; James Ferguson, Particular Agent in Cost, ATF Boston Discipline Division; Brian D. Boyle, Particular Agent in Cost of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, and Appearing U.S. Marshal Lawrence Bobnick.
In keeping with court docket paperwork and statements made in court docket, the FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service and Bridgeport Police have been investigating a number of Bridgeport-based gangs whose members are concerned in narcotics trafficking, homicide and different acts of violence. Traylor was a member of the Authentic North Finish (“O.N.E.”), a gang based mostly within the Trumbull Gardens space of Bridgeport that dedicated acts of violence towards rival gang, together with the East Finish gang, the East Aspect gang, and the PT Barnum gang. O.N.E. members additionally robbed drug sellers, offered narcotics, and stole automobiles from inside and out of doors Connecticut and used the automobiles to commit crimes.
On August 8, 2018, Traylor and different O.N.E. members stole a Jeep Grand Cherokee in Newburgh, New York, and drove it again to Bridgeport. Within the following days, Traylor and others conspired to make use of the automobile to kill East Finish gang members and their allies who that they had discovered via social media had been at a deli on Stratford Avenue in Bridgeport. Though that plan fell via, within the early morning hours of August 13, 2018, O.N.E. members drove the stolen Jeep to Stratford and Union Avenues in Bridgeport the place they shot and killed Len Smith, 25, who they mistook for a rival East Finish group member, and shot and severely wounded Smith’s feminine companion, each of whom had been seated in a parked automobile. After the taking pictures, O.N.E. members transported the Jeep to Indian Wells State Park in Shelton the place they burned the automobile in an effort to destroy proof of the homicide.
On October 22, 2018, Traylor and different O.N.E. members dedicated a violent theft of a marijuana seller.
On June 1, 2021, Bridgeport Police arrested Traylor, who on the time was on state probation following a weapons conviction, when a search of his residence revealed 5 Glock handguns; 14 gun magazines, together with a 50-round drum and three extenders; pace loaders; laser attachments; ammunition; physique armor; baggage of marijuana; and objects use to course of and package deal narcotics.
Traylor has been detained since his arrest. On June 10, 2022, he pleaded responsible to conspiring to have interaction in a sample of racketeering exercise.
This ongoing investigation is being performed by the FBI’s Protected Streets and Violent Crimes Process Forces, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, Bridgeport Police Division, Connecticut State Police and the Bridgeport State’s Legal professional’s Workplace, with the help of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory and the Waterbury Police Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen L. Peck, Rahul Kale, Jocelyn C. Kaoutzanis and Tara E. Levens.
This prosecution is part of the Justice’s Division’s Undertaking Protected Neighborhoods (PSN), Undertaking Longevity and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Process Forces (OCDETF) applications.
PSN is the centerpiece of the Division of Justice’s violent crime discount efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program confirmed to be efficient at lowering violent crime. By means of PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work collectively to establish essentially the most urgent violent crime issues in the neighborhood and develop complete options to handle them. As a part of this technique, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on essentially the most violent offenders and companions with domestically based mostly prevention and reentry applications for lasting reductions in crime.
Undertaking Longevity is a complete initiative to scale back gun violence in Connecticut’s main cities. By means of Undertaking Longevity, group members and legislation enforcement instantly have interaction with members of teams which can be liable to commit violence and ship a group message towards violence, a legislation enforcement message in regards to the penalties of additional violence and a suggestion of assist for individuals who need it. If a bunch member elects to have interaction in gun violence, the centered consideration of federal, state and native legislation enforcement will probably be directed at that total group.
OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles drug traffickers, cash launderers, gangs and transnational legal organizations via a prosecutor-led and intelligence-driven strategy that leverages the strengths of federal, state and native legislation enforcement companies. Extra details about the OCDETF Program may be discovered at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.