Recently, we reported on the arrests and indictments of alleged New Jersey Grape Street Crips leader/kingpin Corey “Blaze” Hamlet (pictured above on the left along with Keon “Fat Boy” Bethea) and others, various conspiracy raps, including drug trafficking, extortion and murder. Hamlet has been linked to four murders and three attempted murders, along with a a number of other criminal activities. According to reports, the feds are going to try to hurl the book at the alleged gangsters. When Hamlet and eight others appeared before U.S. District Judge Madeline Arleo, they were informed that, if convicted, the government is going to try to bury them at sentencing.
Some of those complaints carry penalties, that, if maximized, would result in a life sentence. With the enhanced penalty, however, the discretion to set a penalty below the maximum is removed.
If convicted of a charge of conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, Hamlet could be imprisoned for life.
According to court records, Hamlet has drug-related convictions in 1997, 2001 and 2006.
Hamlet isn’t the only alleged Grape Street member facing the long haul in prison. Rashan Washington and Khalil Stanford, both of whom have two felony drug convictions on their records, also face mandatory life sentences if convicted. Additionally, Aaron Terrell, Tony Phillips, Justin Carnegie, Ahmed Singleton, Eric Concepcion and Hanee Cureton all face mandatory bids of ten years if they are convicted.