Following an investigation that took place in a Lexington Avenue apartment, the United States Attorney for the District of Jersey City has stated that three males from Jersey City have been charged with possession of firearms, heroin, and cocaine.
Shiquwan Johnson, also known as “Big Shy,” is 37 years old and has been charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Johnson is also accused of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
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Douglas Sherman, age 40, also known as “Dougie,” is accused of being the maintainer of a drug-related property.
Perry Capers, also known as “Diddy,” has been charged with possessing heroin and cocaine with the purpose to distribute them. Capers is 36 years old.
In the area of Bergen Avenue and Lexington Avenue in Jersey City, where Johnson and Capers both reside, there is a local street gang that both of them are members of. Both Bergen and Lexington avenues are named in the gang’s name.
Yesterday, the three defendants made their initial appearances in front of United States District Judge Jessica S. Allen. Johnson and Sherman both agreed to their arrest, while Capers was let go with the condition that he serves his sentence at home.
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In January 2023, law enforcement officials began an investigation into an apartment complex and discovered several hand-to-hand narcotics transactions occurring on a daily or near-daily basis.
The investigation uncovered various hidden storage areas for narcotics and firearms within the building. These places included the interior of an apartment unit that was rented by Sherman, as well as a pipe and a mailbox that was connected to the apartment unit that was rented by Sherman.
During the execution of search warrants on Tuesday, February 15th, law enforcement authorities discovered what they believe to be hundreds of grams of cocaine and tens of grams of heroin. Additionally, they discovered three firearms and additional ammunition.
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There is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in jail that must be served by Johnson, and the maximum possible sentence is life in prison.
In the meantime, Sherman and Capers are looking at a possible maximum sentence of twenty years in prison.