N.J. prison inmate pleads guilty in drug-trafficking case

Michael Anderson is a gang leader.
Michael Anderson is a gang leader.
Posted: November 02, 2010

The head of a violent, Bloods-affiliated street gang, who authorities say oversaw drug dealing in Camden from his Trenton State Prison cell, has pleaded guilty to leading a narcotics-trafficking network, the state Attorney General's Office said.

Michael Anderson, 38, known as the "original, original gangster" or "godfather" of the Nine Trey Headbustas, faced Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Natal in Camden County on Friday. He became the last to plead among 15 gang members indicted by a state grand jury in July 2008 on charges including racketeering, drug dealing, and conspiracy to commit murder.

The state will recommend a 20-year sentence in state prison, without possibility of parole for 10 years, on the first-degree charge of leading the drug-trafficking network. Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14.

Anderson was admitted to prison in June 1992 on charges including aggravated assault and drug offenses and was later sentenced for additional offenses of a similar nature, records show. He had been eligible for parole in November 2011.

His guilty plea last week "will ensure that Anderson remains in prison for a long time," Attorney General Paula Dow said in a news release.

The Nine Trey Headbustas, which has ties to Philadelphia, dealt large quantities of heroin in Camden's Broadway section, officials said. The group controlled the area with violence and intimidation, they said.

Law enforcement authorities seized 500 bags of heroin, about three pounds of marijuana, 21/2 ounces of crack cocaine, two handguns, and about $10,000 in cash during raids in November 2007.

The joint investigation, known as Operation Broadway, was conducted by the state Division of Criminal Justice and the federally funded High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Joint Camden Task Force.


Contact staff writer Darran Simon 856-779-3829 or dsimon@phillynews.com.

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