NEWARK — Vincent Young came to New Jersey in 1993 for one reason: to kill a man authorities say he believed was a threat to his street gang, the Los Angeles-based “Fruit Town Brims.”
The 41-year-old Young, also known as “No Good,” found his target. He was later convicted of aggravated manslaughter and sent to East Jersey State Prison in Woodbridge, authorities said.
His incarceration set off a chain of events that led to the formation of the “Fruit Town and Brick City Brims,” a sprawling set of the Bloods gang investigators say has been responsible for murders and drug dealing in Newark, Paterson and Jersey City since 1999.
Young and 14 other alleged members “Brims” were charged Monday in a 20-count federal indictment with a host of crimes including murder, racketeering and drug distribution.
All but two of the those indicted are ranking members of the gang, authorities said, including Young, the alleged kingpin who holds gang’s highest title, “Triple Original Gangster.”
Prosecutors said 13 of the defendants, including Young, are already in jail on other charges. They are now also charged with ordering and conducting gang business from inside prison walls.
“The presence of this gang is unacceptable, whether its leaders are on the streets or behind bars,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. “We are working to dismantle gangs wherever they are to keep the people of New Jersey safe from the violence they bring to our communities.”
All 15 defendants are charged under the federal racketeering statutes and face 20 years in prison on top of other charges they may be facing.
The indictment, unsealed in Newark, lists 63 “overt acts” the defendants allegedly committed under gang orders or for the benefit of the “Brims,” including numerous assaults, kidnappings, drug trafficking and attacks on rival gang members.
The U.S. Attorney’s office unsealed a massive indictment Monday accusing 15 people of charges ranging from murder to drug distribution, stemming from an investigation into the “Fruit Town and Brick City Brims” set of the Bloods street gang. Of the 15 defendants, 13 were described as ranking members of the gang in the indictment. The alleged gang leaders are:
Vincent Young, 41, aka “No Good”
Charged With: Racketeering
Rank: “Triple Original Gangster” – the gang’s highest position
Allegedly traveled to New Jersey in 1993 and killed a person he believed was a threat to the “Fruit Town Brims,” an L.A.-based set of the Bloods, in which he was a member. Young allegedly formed the New Jersey branch of the gang while in prison.
Altariq Gumbs, 33, aka “Killer Reek”
Charged With: Racketeering, Heroin Distribution
Rank: “Double Original Gangster” – boss of the Brick City Brims sub-set
Gumbs allegedly joined the gang and became the leader of an Essex County set of the Bloods under orders from Young, who he had met in state prison.
Mary Holmes, 42, aka “Mary Brim”
Charged With: Racketeering, Heroin Distribution
Rank: “First Lady” – highest-ranking female member.
Described as the gang’s “minister of information,” meaning she passed gang-related intelligence between incarcerated and street-level gang members.
Authorities said the crimes include the shooting death of a teenager in Jersey City on July 19, 2004, because two alleged Brims members — Torien Brooks, 29, and Emmanuel Jones, 26, believed the boy had shot another gang member. Three bystanders, including a 3-year-old boy, were struck by stray bullets.
Authorities later determined the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.
Brooks and Jones are already in prison. Under the indictment unsealed Monday, Jones, known as “Killer E,” was charged with murder, racketeering, murder conspiracy, and multiple assaults and weapons offenses. Brooks, who went by the name “B.G.,” faces the came charges and additional counts of kidnapping and conspiracy, according to the indictment.
The federal probe also lead to charges against Young’s alleged second-in-command, 33-year-old Altariq Gumbs, and the gang’s highest-ranking female member, 42-year-old Mary Holmes.
According to the indictment, Young met Gumbs in prison while recruiting other inmates to join a local set of the “Brims.” In 1999, Young gave Gumbs permission to found the “Brick City Brims,” a set of the gang that would operate in Essex County, according to the indictment.
Gumbs, who was accused last year of running Newark Bloods activity from an Arizona prison, is charged with racketeering and heroin distribution. Holmes, who authorities described as the gang’s “minister of information,” faces the same charges.
The Bloods are widely regarded by law enforcement as New Jersey’s most powerful street gang, and the Brick City Brims are one of Essex County’s “more active” sets, said Thomas Fennelly, head of the Prosecutor’s gang and homicide units.